49ers' George Kittle has bone chip in ankle, Kyle Shanahan confirms

49ers' George Kittle has bone chip in ankle, Kyle Shanahan confirms

George Kittle's ankle injury kept him out the last two games, and for good reason.

Kittle has been playing with a bone chip in his ankle and a popped capsule in his knee, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Sunday after San Francisco's 37-8 win over the Packers at Levi's Stadium. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter originally reported Kittle had a broken ankle Sunday morning, citing league sources. Kittle suffered the injury in the 49ers' win over the Cardinals on Halloween.

Despite the injuries, Kittle suited up Sunday night against the Packers and had a massive impact. The star tight end hauled in six passes for 129 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown.

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Though Kittle's pain management has drawn praise from his teammates, it's unclear how the injury will affect him down the stretch, but if Sunday's performance is any indication, he'll be just fine.

San Francisco will play the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens and NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints after over the next two weeks. Those defenses have allowed the ninth- and 11th-fewest receiving yards to tight ends, respectively. 

Kittle will need to be at his best playing through what reportedly is significant pain. 

How Jimmy Garoppolo's impact on 49ers' offense goes beyond numbers

How Jimmy Garoppolo's impact on 49ers' offense goes beyond numbers

Despite the 49ers finishing with a 13-3 record and advancing to Super Bowl LIV, few NFL pundits seem willing to give Jimmy Garoppolo any credit for the team’s success.

The quarterback needed just eight pass attempts to defeat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game, as San Francisco rode a dominant run game and suffocating defensive performance to a 37-20 victory.

Fox Sports 1’s Colin Cowherd isn’t among the detractors and voiced his support for Jimmy G ahead of a Super Bowl showdown with reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

“He carried this team in the middle of the season when they fell apart physically,” Cowherd said on "The Herd" this week. “I’m not a stat guy, I’m an eye guy. Watch the games.”

The success of the run game for the Niners this season didn’t necessitate a lot of pass-heavy games, but Garoppolo still finished eighth among qualified NFL quarterbacks in passer rating.

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When the 49ers have ended up in a shootout this year, Garoppolo has stepped up.

When they’ve needed him to just manage the game and make the occasional throw downfield, Garoppolo has stepped up.

No matter what the scenario, Garoppolo has delivered and this 49ers team wouldn't be anywhere near the Super Bowl without his steady leadership guiding the offense.

Jimmy G now has the chance to solidify himself among the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks when he and the Niners take the field against the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami for Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium.

49ers taking entire staff to Miami for Super Bowl 54, Jed York reveals

49ers taking entire staff to Miami for Super Bowl 54, Jed York reveals

The 49ers will fly to Miami on Sunday to play in the NFL franchise’s seventh Super Bowl. Despite this being a semi-regular thing, CEO Jed York isn’t treating it that way.

York said Friday that he’s bringing all full-time staff to Miami for Super Bowl week and treating them to the game. He even mentioned bringing interns.

That’s, you know, a lot of people on the 49ers’ dime.

“We're taking a lot of people. We wanted to make sure that our entire staff had the opportunity to go,” York said in a meeting with local reporters. “Everybody from [head coach Kyle Shanahan to general manager John Lynch] all the way down to interns, everyone's been a part of this, and we wanted to make sure they're there to help and also celebrate the moment that hopefully gets us over the hump."

That’s an unusual benefit for support staff outside football operations, one that will allow everyone involved with the 49ers to enjoy a week basking in the team’s achievements leading up to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium.

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The 49ers are trying to win their sixth Super Bowl title, which would tie them with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for the most in NFL history. The Chiefs are currently 1.5-point favorites in this clash of Titans.