If the latest report from Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson is any indication, the 49ers are the tight end George Keitel You might want to stay on the sidelines in Sunday’s season opener against the Chicago Bears, maybe a little longer.

Wilson Share some news about Keitel’s groin injury on Thursday afternoon, citing “the league’s sources that are not authorized to speak publicly.” Wilson stated that a source told him that Keitel’s injury was “not good”, while another informed him that Keitel had a Class II fatigue which limited his speed.

“One of the best tight ends in the game and well known for his toughness, Kettle wouldn’t shock anyone if they chose to play through injury,” Wilson wrote. “However, his chances of playing nearly the entire season are considered more likely if he misses the opening game of the season and does not exacerbate the injury.”

The 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Kittel’s thigh began to bother him on Monday, and as of Wednesday’s training Kittel’s position in Sunday’s game was not certain. Kittle was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday’s practice in the 49ers injury report.

Keitel’s absence will leave Tree Lance Without entering one of his offensive weapons in his third start in the NFL and his first as the No. 1 quarterback on the 49ers. The 49ers will turn to Ross DoyleAnd the Charlie WarnerAnd the Tyler Croft At the narrow end in Keitel’s absence. Now in his eighth season in the NFL, Kroft is new to the 49ers in 2022 after spending 2021 with the New York Jets.

“We’ve been a fan of Croft his entire career,” Shanahan told reporters on Wednesday. “I was a huge fan of him getting out of college. He did really well everywhere he was. He had some injuries last year, and I think the last two years he’s struggled to stay there. I think that’s one of the reasons we’ve been able to get it. But Croft, It’s a tight-knit NFL team. We feel very fortunate to have him here.”

Kittle was named to the Pro Bowl for the third time in his NFL career in 2021 after collecting 71 passes for 910 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games. He missed out with a calf injury last season after being limited to eight matches with knee and foot injuries in 2020.