SANTA CLARA -- 49ers tight end George Kittle showed up on the injury report with a groin strain last Friday. Two days later, he looked completely healthy going up against the Los Angeles Rams.
Kittle was held out of practice on Wednesday, but he returned to limited work during the 49ers’ padded work on Thursday at their team facility. Kittle downplayed the team’s report of his physical condition and is expected to play Sunday against Washington.
Kittle caught eight passes for 103 yards in the 49ers’ 20-7 victory over the Rams on Sunday.
However, the 49ers had seven players who did not participate in Thursday's practice. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk, tackles Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon remain out of action.
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Running back Raheem Mostert (knee), wide receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) and nose tackle D.J. Jones (hamstring) sustained injuries in the 49ers’ win over the Rams that have kept them from practicing thus far this week.
49ers practice report
Did not practice
DT D.J. Jones (hamstring)
FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee)
T Mike McGlinchey (knee)
RB Raheem Mostert (knee)
WR Deebo Samuel (groin)
T Joe Staley (fibula)
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot)
DE Dee Ford (quadricep)
TE George Kittle (groin)
CB K'Waun Williams (hand)
Washington practice report
Did not practice
S Deshazor Everett (ankle)
LB Josh Harvey-Clemons (hamstring)
G Wes Martin (chest)
CB Josh Norman (thigh, hand)
RB Chris Thompson (toe)
TE Vernon Davis (concussion)
QB Case Keenum (right shoulder, foot)
RB Adrian Peterson (quadricep)
The 49ers defense delivered at a crucial moment Monday night at Levi's Stadium.
With the 49ers trailing 21-10, K'Waun Williams and Arik Armstead sacked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, forcing a fumble that was quickly scooped up by Seattle tackle Germain Ifedi. Fred Warner forced another fumble, and DeForest Buckner scooped up the loose ball at the 12-yard line and walked untouched into the endzone.
Two fumbles, six points and the 49ers were back in the game.
Richie James caught Jimmy Garoppolo's pass on the two-point conversion, cutting Seattle's lead to 21-18 with 14:04 remaining in the fourth quarter.
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Armstead's fumble recovery lifted San Francisco's struggling offense. The 49ers turned the ball over on downs, threw an interception, fumbled and punted on the drives preceding Armstead's touchdown.
Thanks to the defensive linemen's scoop and score, though, the 49ers were in a position to regain the lead.
The Seattle Seahawks appeared primed to take a halftime lead over the 49ers on Monday night at Levi's Stadium. Until they weren't.
49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt stripped D.K. Metcalf of the football at San Francisco 2-yard line as the Seahawks rookie wide receiver was bound for the end zone with just over a minute remaining in the first half.
Officials initially did not rule a change in possession, but a replay overturned the call on the field. Tartt stepped out of bounds as he tried to strip Metcalf, but he stepped back inbounds to re-establish himself.
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Mike Pereira, a FOX Sports analyst and the NFL's former head of officiating, tweeted that it was the "right decision."
The 49ers ran out the first-half clock after Tartt's forced fumble, nursing a 10-7 lead headed into halftime as they tried to preserve their undefeated record against their NFC West rivals.