For the second day in a row, the San Francisco 49ers saw George Kittle return to the practice field. Kittle, Emmanuel Sanders, and Deebo Samuel all practiced with a blue non-contact jersey on. The former two being on the field is a great sign that they’ll suit up Sunday night against the Packers. Kittle reportedly moved around well and didn’t have any setbacks.
Kicker Robbie Gould hasn’t done much work in a couple of weeks. Gould was kicking on the side of practice in front of general manager John Lynch and Special Teams coordinator Richard Hightower to start Friday’s practice. Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that Gould will be a game-time decision. I understand he’s struggled this season, but under the bright lights, you’d much rather have a guy that’s been there as opposed to Chase McLaughlin. Gould was not in a practice jersey, for whatever that is worth. He stopped kicking at about 45-yards during practice.
This doesn’t have any significance to what happens Sunday night, but it’s cool seeing Kwon Alexander support his teammates:
Before the last two games Alexander can be seen hyping up his teammates, and just bringing positive energy to the locker room. He’s such an easy player to root for.
Okay, back to the injury news. Matt Breida was off to the side riding a bike as part of his rehab. Joe Staley and Dee Ford did not practice. While Shanahan said those three will be a game-time decision, it’s safe to say that we won’t see them suit up. That means Justin Skule against the “Smith brothers,” who have done a fine job getting after quarterbacks all season.
Here’s the practice report from Friday:
OUT — T Joe Staley (finger), DE Dee Ford (hamstring).
DOUBTFUL — RB Matt Breida (ankle), K Robbie Gould (quad).
QUESTIONABLE — TE George Kittle (knee, ankle), WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder, WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs).
Shanahan said there is no plan to bring up another defensive lineman with Ford down. He did say the team has considered activating C.J. Beathard for special teams duties. Remember a couple of months ago when I said Beathard was covering punts in practice? We may see the third-string quarterback before the season is over, but on special teams.