SANTA CLARA — Tight end George Kittle’s shoulder injury Thursday night apparently isn’t serious enough to put his status in jeopardy for the Sept. 9 season opener.
Tests revealed no tears or structural damage to Kittle’s right shoulder, NFL Media reported. Kittle landed on his shoulder attempting to catch a third-down pass 40 yards down field on the 49ers’ first possession of an eventual 24-21 win over the Dallas Cowboys.
San Francisco 49ers’ Solomon Thomas (94) is rolled over after sustaining an injury while playing against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter of their preseason NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
Also expected to miss at least next week’s exhibition at Houston with a shoulder injury is running back Matt Breida. Other injuries Thursday night were inflicted by defensive tackle Solomon Thomas (concussion), offensive tackle Garry Gilliam (concussion) and linebackers Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and Eli Harold (lower leg).
All players were being evaluated Monday. Coach Kyle Shanahan will address their status in a media conference call later Monday afternoon.
Kittle started Thursday’s exhibition and figures to be a popular target in his second season, which officially starts when the 49ers visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 9.
Aside from seventh-year veteran Garrett Celek, the 49ers tight end corps now will turn to second-year player Cole Hikutini (one catch, 18 yards) and undrafted rookie Ross Dwelley (three catches, 44 yards). Cole Wick has been out since sustaining a knee injury last week.
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports