Injury Expectations | Midweek Update | Week 2

A review of the early week practice participation reports

Wednesday Media Updates

***George Kittle will not practice this week despite returning to play after hyperextending his knee on Sunday afternoon. Kyle Shanahan told reporters Kittle "fully expects to be there Sunday" and allowed the team will give Kittle "the whole week to recover" and won't hesitate to let him play if he's cleared by medical staff. This leaves Kittle as a game-time decision at best and suggests he's not close to being cleared to play yet. Further exams after this week's rehab will determine his ability to play. We're not likely to know more until Friday -- at the earliest. The Niners must travel cross-country to play a 1pm ET game against the Jets.

***Miles Sanders returned to a full practice after the Eagles chose to be cautious with him last week. Last week's limited week of practice helped return Sanders to football-ready condition and the full practice suggests Philadelphia is preparing him to play. Adam Schefter tweeted Sanders is "on track to play" this week. Sanders went from a possible snap count to ruled out and not traveling with the team last week so his status shouldn't be taken for granted. But all signs indicate he'll play in Week 2. I'll have thoughts on his snap count and likely effectiveness in the weekend Gameday Expectations article.

***Chris Godwin reported symptoms of a concussion to the team on Wednesday and entered the return-to-play protocol. Players sometimes receive clearance to play within seven days of a concussion but this is a different circumstance. Godwin is symptomatic on Wednesday and therefore still in the earliest stages of the exercise protocol. Even though teams are sometimes comfortable advancing a player through multiple stages in a 24-hour period, they're always more cautious when a player has continued symptoms 72 hours after injury.

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