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49ers' John Lynch felt 'incredibly blessed' George Kittle OK after injury

49ers' John Lynch felt 'incredibly blessed' George Kittle OK after injury

The 49ers will host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 10 for "Monday Night Football," and we're still left not knowing whether or not George Kittle will be available for the game.

The last update we received was from head coach Kyle Shanahan on Thursday, who said the tight end is having knee and ankle issues after going down against the Arizona Cardinals last week. There is hope he will play this week, but "we will see."

49ers general manager John Lynch shares the same desire to have Kittle return to the starting lineup.

"Well, first and foremost, I just felt incredibly blessed for everybody that he was OK," Lynch said Friday morning on KNBR. "I'm sitting there on [Thursday] night, and I've got the luxury of having a replay right over me. And as I saw that, I said, 'Oh no.' I mean, that did not look good the way that knee hyperextended. And then next thing you know, Kittle is in there doing what he does -- breaking loose and busting loose."

Kittle is one tough cookie. Even after the injury, trainers felt comfortable enough to have him return.

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"He injured both his knee and ankle," Lynch said. "I think the prognosis is good in terms of nothing long-term, and we all know, with George, he's as tough as they come. He wears these trainers out. He's here from morning 'til night. He's doing his best because every game is a huge game for him."

Lynch remains positive just as Shanahan does, but added he doesn't know anything else.

Twitter reacts: Bay Area athletes, teams celebrate Memorial Day 2020

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Twitter reacts: Bay Area athletes, teams celebrate Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day signifies the unofficial start to summer in the United States.

It's also a big benchmark on the sports calendar.

The 2020 MLB season should have been in full swing, ready to turn the page on its second month. Monday would have been filled with pageantry at the ballparks around the country as teams honored our military servicepeople and veterans.

The NBA and NHL playoffs, likely without all three Northern California teams, should have been in the conference finals stage.

Instead, this was a very different Memorial Day due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

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That didn't stop Bay Area athletes and teams from celebrating the holiday on social media:

We hope everyone had a safe and healthy Memorial Day.

Watch majestic Memorial Day flyover above 49ers' Levi's Stadium

Watch majestic Memorial Day flyover above 49ers' Levi's Stadium

We’re all in this together.

The 49ers partnered up with the California Air National Guard to salute those on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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The flyover was handled by the Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing.

California Governor Gavin Newsom recently said sports could return to the state by the first week of June, so we hopefully will be seeing the Niners take the field at Levi’s Stadium this fall.

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