Kyle Shanahan Says Kittle is Back at Practice; Confirms Trey Lance is OUT for the Season

Sep 21, 2022, 1:50 PM

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers looks o...

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers looks on during the fourth quarter of their game against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Wednesday’s press conference from 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan delivered some good news for the 49ers: Tight end George Kittle would be practicing in a limited fashion Wednesday.

The pro bowl TE has been held out of the team’s first two games of the season, sustaining a groin injury over two weeks ago. Kittle suited up for practice for the first time since the injury Friday, leaving the door open for a potential return in the home opener.

That was not the case.

Instead, he has been given more time to recover, eyeing his season debut Sunday night in Denver.

“Yeah, he was close, that’s why we took it that far,” Kyle Shanahan said Monday. “But, obviously he wasn’t able to go and I’m glad we didn’t because I think he could have got through the game, but there was going to be a higher risk of him reinjuring that. To be able to pull that game off and still get a win, I’m very glad with the decision we made and that should give him a much better chance to be good to go this week.”

Joining him on the injury report is defensive tackle Arik Armstead (foot), guard Daniel Brunskill (hamstring), running back Ty Davis-Price (ankle), tight end Tyler Kroft (knee) and left tackle Trent Williams (rest). Both Armstead and Williams are on the list due to maintenance-related concerns and will suit up against the Broncos.

“He’ll be alright,” Shanahan added about Armstead.

Wednesday’s presser also gave us an update on quarterback Trey Lance, after undergoing successful surgery to repair his broken right ankle Monday morning.

There had been speculation that Lance could potentially return to the field before the end of the 2022 season if his ankle heals properly. This notion was quickly put to bed by Shanahan, stating he will be out until next season and that his spirts are high at the moment.

“He’s doing as good as you can, Trey has been great. A number of guys have talked to him a bunch and he’s trying to come to the game this week. I don’t think he’ll be able to until the swelling goes down and stuff like that, but he’ll be back and part of us sooner than later,” Shanahan stated.

Lance was put on the season-ending IR list Wednesday.

As for the new (old I guess) starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo, he has a tall task ahead of him after spending most of the offseason and training camp without a team. The veteran has been recovering from shoulder surgery in March but is now back under the spotlight for the Red & Gold following Lance’s season-ending injury.

Some might not be up to the task, but not Jimmy G, according to Shanahan. He’s been exactly the same through the whole process, one of the main reasons, the team and coaching staff, brought him back in the first place.

“That’s how Jimmy is,” Shanahan said. “He tries to simplify things and not get caught up in all that stuff and just tries to communicate with us., we communicate with him and [I] think that’s why our guys love him and why we all do. So he’s been that way since beginning.”

The team also announced a few roster moves Wednesday, elevating RB Marlon Mack to the main roster, while adding QB Kurt Benkert and RB Tevin Coleman to the practice squad. Cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. was also released, the team announced.


San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa #97 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on after a win against the Washington Commanders at ...

Amiliano Fragoso

Nick Bosa is ‘pretty confident’ on getting a new deal done by training camp

Nick Bosa spoke to the media for the first time this offseason, optimistic that his new deal will materialize by the end of the summer.

14 hours ago

Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quart...

Amiliano Fragoso

Report: 49ers QB Brock Purdy likely starter Week 1 if fully cleared

A report surfaced Monday that Brock Purdy is still seen as the favorite to start the season for the 49ers, despite not being cleared to practice yet.

14 hours ago

Quarterback Alex Smith (C) (Utah), who was drafted first overall by the San Francisco 49ers, poses ...

Joseph Jarosz

Alex Smith among former 49ers on 2024 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Alex Smith is among 78 players, along with nine coaches, to appear on the 2024 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

2 days ago

Trey Lance #5 and Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers on the field before the game against t...

Joseph Jarosz

Mike Sando on which 49ers quarterback has the highest ceiling

The Athletic's NFL reporter Mike Sando joined Sactown Sports to preview the upcoming season for the San Francisco 49ers.

2 days ago

Arik Armstead receives a key to the city from Sacramento mayor Darrell Steinberg....

Joseph Jarosz

Arik Armstead receives Sacramento key to the city

At a gala Thursday night, Mayor Steinberg surprised Arik Armstead with a special gift from his hometown, the key to the city.

5 days ago

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy #13 leaves the field after their 33-17 NFL win over the...

Joseph Jarosz

Matt Barrows provides an update on Brock Purdy’s throwing progress

The Athletic's Matt Barrows joined Cattles & Ramie Thursday to provide an update on Brock Purdy and the 49ers offseason.

5 days ago

Kyle Shanahan Says Kittle is Back at Practice; Confirms Trey Lance is OUT for the Season