Report: 49ers’ Kittle played last two seasons with torn labrum

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has developed into the one of the best in the game. According to Pro Football Talk, he has been playing the last two seasons with a torn labrum. Kittle revealed this news during the PFT podcast.

He said that the injury happened during the 2018 preseason.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle runs with the ball after making a reception against the Los Angeles Rams
George Kittle runs with the ball after making a reception against the Los Angeles Rams (Getty Images)

“So I dislocated my shoulder last year … and my labrum is completely torn. So I don’t get surgery on it. [The protective sleeve] basically helps me, so it doesn’t hurt all the time,” Kittle said.

He said he will not have surgery to correct the injury.

“I can’t miss those workout days, man,” he added.

Kittle will continue to play through the pain until it becomes unbearable. One off-season, it’ll have to get the operation done to fix the problem before it gets worse.

The 26-year-old Madison, Wisconsin native appeared in 14 games this season, including 14 starts. He had 85 receptions for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns.

In his three-year career, he had 45 appearances, including 37 starts. He had 216 receptions for 2,945 yards and 12 touchdowns.

After playing the last three seasons, he is expected to cash in soon. The 2020 season will be the final year of his rookie contract.

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