Is George Kittle playing today? (Latest injury update for 49ers vs. Steelers in NFL Week 1)

The latest injury update on San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle. / Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is expected to play on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers despite being listed as questionable with a groin injury, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. 

This is great news for the 49ers and Brock Purdy, as the team has a tough road matchup against a Mike Tomlin-coached team in Week 1. 

George Kittle injury status for Week 1 game against Pittsburgh Steelers

Kittle is listed as questionable with a groin injury, but he is expected to play for the 49ers, barring a setback. 

Best George Kittle prop bet for Week 1 vs. Steelers

George Kittle UNDER 41.5 receiving yards

Even though Kittle is expected to play, he may be limited, and he didn’t exactly crush this receiving number last season. 

Kittle went over this total in just six games in 2022, and he had his best games when Deebo Samuel was out of the lineup. With Deebo healthy, I don’t see Kittle being a No. 1 option in this passing game in Week 1. 

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George Kittle injury history

Kittle has been banged up quite a bit in his career, leading to a massive list of previous injuries: 

  • Nov. 2017: Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull – missed one game
  • Oct. 2016: Pedal Foot Sprain – missed two games, limited rest of season
  • Aug. 2018: Shoulder A/C Joint Separation – suffered in preseason 
  • Oct. 2019: Knee Patella Sprain – missed two games
  • Aug. 2020: Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 – suffered in preseason
  • Sept. 2020: Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 – missed two games
  • Nov. 2020: Pedal Foot Fracture – placed on injured reserve
  • Sept. 2021: Leg Calf Strain – placed on injured reserve
  • Sept. 2022: Inguinal Groin Strain Grade 2 – missed team’s first two games
  • Aug. 2023: Inguinal Groin Pull – expected to play Week 1

When is George Kittle coming back?

Kittle is expected to play for the 49ers in Week 1 of the 2023 season, barring a setback in pre-game warm ups. 

San Francisco 49ers next 5 opponents

  • Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Sept. 17
  • New York Giants, Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Oct. 1
  • Dallas Cowboys, Sunday Oct. 8
  • Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 15

San Francisco 49ers injury report

  • Charvarius Ward – heel, questionable
  • George Kittle – groin, questionable

Pittsburgh Steelers injury report

  • Larry Ogunjobi – foot, questionable

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