Report: Kittle 'will be on pitch count' vs. Cardinals

George Kittle

George Kittle will return from injured reserve after dealing with a calf injury and be on the field Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The question is, just how much will the 49ers' star tight end play? 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported late Saturday night that Kittle "will be on a pitch count" and is expected to play around half the time for the 49ers. 

Kittle hasn't played since Week 4 when he had four receptions for 40 yards in a loss against the Seattle Seahawks. He did not play in the 49ers' previous loss to the Cardinals earlier this season. 

In four games, Kittle has 19 receptions on 28 targets for 227 yards. He's yet to score a touchdown this year. 

Running back Elijah Mitchell and receiver Deebo Samuel both are listed as questionable but are expected to play at Levi's Stadium. 

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Mitchell is averaging 5.3 yards per carry and 86.6 rushing yards per game as a rookie.

Samuel has been one of the very best receivers in the NFL this season. Through seven games, he already has 44 receptions for a career-high 819 yards and four touchdowns, which also is a career high. He even has 22 yards rushing and another TD on the ground.

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