SANTA CLARA – Tight end George Kittle’s availability for the 49ers’ game Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks is in question.
The 49ers have one of their biggest home games since the opening of Levi’s Stadium in 2014, and they might not have their most-explosive offensive weapon.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Thursday that Kittle is day-to-day with knee and ankle issues, and there won't be a decision on the tight end's status until the end of the week.
The 49ers (8-0) face the Seahawks (7-2) on Monday night in a pivotal NFC West matchup.
Kittle sustained a left knee injury on the 49ers’ first play of their game last Thursday when Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones’s helmet struck Kittle in the knee on a running play.
Kittle managed to play 49 of the team’s 70 offensive snaps, but got to the point in the fourth quarter where it was determined the team had a better chance with Ross Dwelley on the field.
“I tried to give my team everything I could, and in the fourth quarter, I really couldn’t go any more,” Kittle said after the game.
“I talked to my coach about it, and we made a decision about it. Definitely thought Dwelley was definitely more mobile than I was in the fourth quarter.”
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Kittle leads the 49ers with 46 receptions for 541 yards and two touchdowns in eight games. He established the NFL record for single-season receiving yards for a tight end last year when he had 88 catches for 1,377 yards.
SANTA CLARA – The statue of legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following San Francisco's 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks, according to authorities.
Jorge Alberto Lopez of Santa Clara was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on a charge of felony vandalism, Santa Clara Police announced in a press release.
According to the report, a security officer at Levi’s Stadium witnessed Lopez grab the facemask of the statue and pull it off. The suspect was arrested at 9:50 p.m. on Monday.
The 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:
“The Joe Montana statue that is part of the ‘The Catch’ art installation located inside the stadium’s Gate A plaza was vandalized following our recent Monday Night Football game. Security personnel apprehended the individual soon thereafter and the Santa Clara Police Department arrested the individual on felony vandalism charges. Crews have already begun repairs on the statue and expect work to be complete prior to Sunday’s home game. As this is an ongoing police matter, we will not have any additional comment.”
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The statue of Montana was dedicated last October and is accompanied by a statue of Dwight Clark making the leaping catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game that lifted the 49ers to their first Super Bowl. The statue has since been repaired.
49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.
He lost a game.
That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.
That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.
Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.
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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.