Kittle caught nine of 10 targets for 83 yards in Monday night's 27-23 loss to the Giants.
Kittle was clearly quarterback Nick Mullens' security blanket, hauling in just about everything thrown his way. In doing so, he led the Niners in all the major receiving categories, which has become a foregone conclusion over the course of this season. With at least 75 yards in seven (of 10) outings thus far, Kittle will now use San Francisco's bye to help his prior chest contusion heal before facing Tampa Bay in Week 12.
Kittle (chest) doesn't carry an injury designation into Monday's game against the Giants.
Kittle's status was never really in jeopardy despite him donning a non-contact jersey in every practice this week, as the 49ers have simply been trying to preserve the health of one of their few remaining consistent weapons in the passing game. The tight end has been one of the top fantasy options at his position this season, corralling 41 of 61 targets for 692 yards and three scores through nine games.
Kittle (chest) wore a non-contact jersey for the third straight day at practice, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Inman suggests Kittle is still expected to play Monday against the Giants despite donning the aforementioned apparel, but an official injury designation later in the day should provide some clarification on the tight end's status moving forward. Garrett Celek, who missed Thursday's practice due to non-injury related reasons, would stand to see a significant rise in snaps in the event Kittle misses any time.
Kittle (chest) was a limited participant at Friday's practice, wearing a non-contact jersey for the second straight day, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Kittle reportedly is just dealing with a chest contusion, though it's apparently enough of an issue to impact his practice schedule on a long week following a Thursday game. He nonetheless seems to be on track for Monday's game against the Giants, even if he's once again limited when the Niners practice Saturday. Garrett Celek would be positioned for an expanded pass-catching role if Kittle were to suffer a setback before Monday.
Kittle (chest) wore a blue non-contact jersey during his limited practice Thursday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
A chest contusion is to blame for the cap on Kittle's practice reps this week, but the concern isn't expected to impact his availability for Monday's contest against the Giants. Assuming he ditches the designation prior to the game, he'll seek to build upon his 41-692-3 line from the first nine outings of the campaign.
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