49ers Tight End Injury Concern Could Be Worse Than Initially Thought

The San Francisco 49ers head into the 2022 NFL season with plenty of optimism, as the team has named Trey Lance their new starting Quarterback, as well as locking down superstar wide receiver Deebo Samuel to complete this very talented offence. Unfortunately for the 49ers, it appears that star tight end George Kittle could be injured worse than anyone within the organization expected, and while it's all very uncertain as of right now, this isn't good news on the eve of Week 1.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said on Wednesday that he was hoping Kittle would be good after dealing with a groin injury, but wasn't able to work out at 100%, and this leaves the star tight end's status as day-to-day, just days away from Week 1. For a team with such a young QB, having a stud tight end out on the field would be a major bonus, as it would alleviate some pressure from him, but if Kittle does indeed miss time for the injury, there will be much more responsibility on Lance's shoulders.

The injury was sustained at practice on Monday, and while it's certainly not considered to be long-term, it could force Kittle to miss Week 1 against the Chicago Bears, which wouldn't help the team as they look to engage in a 17-week long battle with The Los Angeles Rams for supremacy in the NFC West.

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