George Kittle Inactive for 49ers' Season Opener vs. Bears

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September 11, 2022

It was never looking good that George Kittle would be able to suit up in Week 1, and now our worst suspicions have been confirmed. The San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl tight end is inactive and won’t play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. 

Kittle has been a primary weapon for the 49ers, surpassing 900 receiving yards in three of the past four years. In doing so, the former Iowa Hawkeye has been named to the Pro Bowl in all three seasons and designated as an All-Pro twice.

Although Charlie Woerner is listed second on the Niners depth chart at tight, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk will likely be the beneficiaries of Kittle’s absence. Last year, Kittle averaged 6.7 targets per game, with the wide receivers absorbing most of those looks. 

The 49ers enter their season opener against the Bears as road chalk, currently priced as -6.5 favorites, per the line info from FanDuel Sportsbook.

Thumbnail photo via Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

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