San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan met with the media after Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks to provide a few injury updates. George Kittle left the game and limped to the locker room and did not return. Shanahan said the X-rays for Kittle’s foot came back negative, and nothing is broken, and there is no foot fracture. That’s good news. Kittle will have an MRI on Monday.
Shanahan added that the team is expecting Jordan Reed back on Thursday. So if Kittle is unable to go, Reed will fill in. One step forward, two steps back.
Fred Warner had a shoulder stinger. He returned to the game and appeared to be OK. He’ll be fine moving forward.
Dante Pettis left the game with a shoulder injury. He fumbled a kickoff and took a big hit. It’s safe to say we’ve seen the last of Pettis in a Niners uniform.
Running back Tevin Coleman reinjured the same knee that kept him out of action since the Jets game. I don’t recall seeing Coleman after the first quarter, and perhaps the first couple of series. Coleman’s status for Thursday’s game is in doubt, though we’ll know more as the week goes along. The 49ers are down to two healthy running backs, and one of them, Jerick McKinnon, suffers from “tired legs.”
Jimmy Garoppolo left the game with an apparent ankle injury as well. Jimmy limped into the locker room. He’s missed two games this season already with a high-ankle sprain. Here’s what Shanahan had to say about Garoppolo’s ankle: “He had a good week of practice throwing it. But high ankle sprains linger. You never know when it’s going to impact you. We’ll wait until tomorrow to see how bad it is.”
Shanahan hasn’t hidden the fact that Garoppolo will have to play through pain this season. With a short turnaround, Jimmy will have to do it again on Thursday. If not, it’s the Nick Mullens show. Shanahan will speak to the media Monday afternoon, and we’ll have updates then.