49ers injury report: George Kittle feels 'fantastic,' remains doubtful

49ers injury report: George Kittle feels 'fantastic,' remains doubtful

SANTA CLARA – Tight end George Kittle is listed as doubtful to play in the 49ers’ game on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

But Kittle did not sound like a person resigned to his fate to watch another game from an 800 level suite at Levi's Stadium.

“I’m feeling fantastic,” said Kittle, who is expected to miss his second consecutive game due to left knee and ankle injuries.

Kittle spent the early part of practice on Friday with a member of the team’s strength and conditioning staff. Kittle wore a black hoodie as he went through his rehabilitation work.

“He’s definitely better this week than he was last week,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “We’ll see how these next two days go. We have him ‘doubtful,’ because we’d rather not (play him). We want him to be healthy throughout this year.

“Kittle won’t allow us to ever rule him out until it’s right at game time because he has done some pretty amazing things the last couple of years.”

Kittle sustained the injuries on the 49ers’ first play of their Oct. 31 game against the Cardinals. He returned to action and played 49 of the 49ers’ 70 snaps. He still managed to catch six passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Shanahan said he feels an obligation to protect Kittle from himself. After all, if it were up to Kittle, he would definitely play.

“There’s no doubt about it,” Shanahan said. “He played through the game two weeks ago with the same deal. That’s why he’s a guy you never count out. But you try to be smart with him, though. We’ll see how the other people do going up to kickoff.”

Kittle, running back Matt Breida, kicker Robbie Gould, left tackle Joe Staley and nose tackle D.J. Jones are not expected to play due to injuries.

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Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is listed as questionable with a ribs injury. Sanders did not practice this week but he participated in walk-throughs on Thursday and Friday, suggesting a strong possibility he will be available to play on Sunday.

49ers injury report

DT D.J. Jones (groin)
T Joe Staley (finger)

RB Matt Breida (ankle)
K Robbie Gould (right quadricep)
TE George Kittle (knee, ankle)

LB Azeez Al-Shaair (concussion)
RB Raheem Mostert (knee)
WR Dante Pettis (back)
WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot, quadricep)

Cardinals injury report

DE Jonathan Bullard (foot)
RB Chase Edmonds (hamstring)

CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring)
DE Zach Kerr (knee)
T Justin Murray (knee)
LB Terrell Suggs (hamstring, back)

49ers-Saints odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 14 game

49ers-Saints odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 14 game

For the third straight week, the 49ers will play in a potential playoff preview Sunday. 

The Niners (10-2) visit the NFC-leading New Orleans Saints (10-2) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, as San Francisco concludes a brutal three-week stretch that included games against the Green Bay Packers and Baltimore Ravens. Facing Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson and Saints quarterback Drew Brees in back-to-back-to-back weeks is no small feat, and it's clear 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is taking a matchup with Brees seriously. 

"Everyone knows he's one of the best quarterbacks in the league, and I still will say he's underrated," Shanahan told NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco earlier this week. "I mean, he's unbelievable. Any time he's on your team, you've got a chance to be a Super Bowl team every year, and I think that's why they've had a chance over the last 10 years."

The 40-year-old is by no means the first -- or last -- elite QB the 49ers have faced this season, but he might be the best. Among qualifying quarterbacks, Brees ranks eighth in passer rating (104.4), ninth in QBR (60.9) and first in completion percentage (73.8 percent).

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Can the 49ers stop Brees and pick up a much-needed win in the Big Easy? Here's how Las Vegas and experts around the country see the game playing out.


Caesars: Saints -2
Consensus: Saints -2
Westgate: Saints -2
Wynn: Saints -2.5


Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 27, Saints 20
Mike Triplett, ESPN: Saints 19, 49ers 17
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: 49ers 27, Saints 23
Michael David Smith: Saints 21, 49ers 20
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL Media: 49ers 24, Saints 20

49ers vs. Saints live stream: How to watch NFL Week 14 game lonline


49ers vs. Saints live stream: How to watch NFL Week 14 game lonline

The 49ers are almost through the gauntlet. 

A three-week stretch against Super Bowl contenders concludes Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints, the NFC's No. 1 seed. The 49ers passed their first test against the Green Bay Packers, but San Francisco lost for just the second time this season last week against Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. 

A loss to the Saints would all but eliminate the 49ers in pursuit of home-field advantage through the entirety of the NFC playoffs, and they'd be rooting even harder for the Seattle Seahawks to lose to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. A win, however, would set the 49ers up for a potential winner-take-all clash for NFC supremacy in Week 17 against the Seahawks. 

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Here's how to watch the 49ers-Saints game online and on TV. 

Start time: Sunday, Dec. 8, at 10:00 a.m. PT
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: fuboTV -- Get a free trial