The 49ers aren't having to scratch any of their key players in Super Bowl 58 because of injury (and that's a good thing).
There are plenty of benefits for having the Super Bowl two weeks after the conclusion of the conference championship games.
One of those is the fact that banged-up players get an extra week to rest and heal from the nagging injuries that are lingering so late into the season.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (toe) was one of those players who had generated some interest in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl 58 against the Kansas City Chiefs. Not practicing during the first week, Kittle nevertheless told reporters there was no way he'd be held out from his highly anticipated return to the Super Bowl.
After being limited during this week's practice, Kittle and nearly every other Niners key player was fully cleared from the team's injury report.
That's as good a development for head coach Kyle Shanahan as possible.
49ers inactives vs. Chiefs in Super Bowl
Kittle was cleared, while defensive tackle Arik Armstead (foot, knee) was also cleared despite his nagging injuries that forced him to miss nearly all of the second half of the regular season.
With Super Bowl 58 just 90 minutes away, Shanahan announced the following scratches for
- QB Brandon Allen
- OL Matt Pryor
- WR Ronnie Bell
- LB Jalen Graham
- DT T.Y. McGill
- CB Samuel Womack
- DL Alex Barrett
Allen will be San Francisco's third-string quarterback to be used in an emergency if both Brock Purdy and Sam Darnold exit because of injury.
As for the rest, the 49ers shouldn't be impacted much at all because of those named inactive. In fact, the only player on this week's injury report listed as questionable, defensive tackle Kalia Davis, will suit up despite an ankle injury.
The Niners and Chiefs kick off Super Bowl 58 at 6:30 p.m. ET from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.