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Report: Kittle has sprained MCL but expected to play in Week 3

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George Kittle is dealing with a sprained MCL in his left knee, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning, but the 49ers' star tight end is expected to play next week against the New York Giants.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Kittle also is dealing with a bone bruise on his knee.

Kittle injured his knee during the second quarter of the 49ers' Week 1 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He was hit low by safety Budda Baker and limped off the field. Kittle, however, did return for the second half.

Kittle had four receptions for 44 yards in the loss. He didn't have a single reception in the second half, though.

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As Schefter noted, most players would miss a few weeks with a sprained MCL. Kittle seems motivated to play, but it will be the team's call in the end. Following their game Sunday against the Jets, the 49ers are scheduled to face the Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins before playing the Los Angeles Rams.

With Kittle out, Jordan Reed will step in as the 49ers' top tight end. The former Pro Bowl selection had two catches for 12 yards in his 49ers debut last week.