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Kyle Shanahan optimistic on George Kittle as 49ers await MRI results

Kyle Shanahan optimistic on George Kittle as 49ers await MRI results

Before it was reported that 49ers linebacker Kwon Alexander tore his pectoral muscle and would miss the season, coach Kyle Shanahan provided no concrete injury updates on Alexander or tight end George Kittle, who were both injured during the 49ers' 28-25 win over the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Both Kittle and Alexander are having MRIs on Friday to determine the extent of their injuries sustained Thursday. Kittle took a helmet hit directly to his right knee early in the game but was able to return, playing 51 of the offense’s 74 snaps

“I know it was scary,” Shanahan said. “But the fact that they felt good enough with him coming back into the game, just talking to everyone last night I’m feeling pretty optimistic about Kittle. I know he played through a lot of stuff. It’s going to be tough on him this week. But I feel pretty good that it’s not going to be a longer term thing and hopefully, we will be able to get him back this week.”

Alexander sustained a chest injury in the second half and was immediately ruled out of the game. He has added not only veteran leadership to the defense, but also a substantial amount of speed. 

“Kwon has been great for us this year on the field and as a leader,” Shanahan said. “I’m a lot more nervous about that MRI coming back today. I’m hoping for the best but I’m a lot more nervous about that one.” 

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With Alexander missing the season, rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw will be the player to step into his role. The 49ers have been able to adjust to several starters being out due to injury, but the rookie has big shoes to fill, as Alexander’s presence has been very evident during games as well as practice. 

“You guys can feel it,” Shanahan said. “I think everyone who’s watching can feel it and our team feels it. That’s how he is on game day that’s how he is on the practice field. The speed he plays with he’s been a great addition for us. It’s going to be a tough loss." 

With Shanahan and the 49ers' worst fears coming true, it'll be next man up as the 49ers look to continue their undefeated start to the season.

Santa Clara man arrested for vandalizing Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium

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MATT MAIOCCO

Santa Clara man arrested for vandalizing Joe Montana statue at Levi's Stadium

SANTA CLARA – The statue of Joe Montana outside Levi’s Stadium was vandalized on Monday night following the 49ers’ 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.”

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' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

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49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

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.