George Kittle eager to debut

After finally getting the go-ahead from the San Francisco 49ers, star tight end George Kittle says he can’t wait to play his first game of the season.

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Bothered by a groin injury, Kittle was forced to miss the first two weeks of activity on the Goodell circuit. 49ers (1-1) head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed to ESPN that the three-time Pro Bowler in five NFL seasons will be in the starting lineup on Sunday.

“He is ready. He got better every day. It is an integral part of our air and ground attack. We will have to help him find his form because he has not played for a long time (…) but he has been one of our best players for several years.

Kittle will try to give the Denver Broncos (1-1) defense nightmares at Empower Field at Mile High. He had his best night of his career against those same Broncos in 2018, when he had 210 yards and a touchdown in a 20-14 victory.

“I’m pretty happy,” said the 28-year-old Wisconsinan. It’s like a breath of fresh air. It’s a great feeling to be back on the field and the guys.

“I’m thrilled to be back and being able to catch balls, wear full gear and tackle people.”

The “Niners” will certainly be relieved to find one of their best offensive weapons, especially after the serious injury suffered by quarterback Trey Lance. Behind the center, the substitute pivot Jimmy Garropolo will thus be able to benefit from a target of more quality.

In 2021, Kittle caught 71 of 94 balls thrown his way and had 910 yards in 14 games. He also had a career-high six touchdowns in the NFL.


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