tight end San Francisco 49ers George Keitel Doubtful to play in Sunday’s regular season opener against the Chicago Bears. He’s dealing with a groin strain and still hopes to be on the field with his teammates. However, Keitel understands the situation. It’s the first week, and if he can guarantee he can play the rest of the season with one match absence, that’s what should happen.

“If I could make things worse, I don’t think they would let me play,” Keitel said on Friday. “So we are on the same page with that as a team. We are doing everything we can [to make sure] I’ll be safe there. If we can do everything we can to make it as stable and safe as possible, I’ll be there.”

If you’re worried about losing 49ers’ Kittle at Soldier Field, NFL analyst Brian Baldinger thinks you should calm down. This doesn’t mean Kittle isn’t an influencer.

“There are only two or three tight ends in the league that can block like him,” Baldinger told 95.7 The Game’s Damon Bruce and Ray Rato on Friday. “But more than that, it’s just the way he and Kyle JoczykHow do they do things together. Together they are excellent at sealing edges. So Charlie WarnerAnd the [whoever you put] Abroad, Ross DoyleNot George. It can make a difference.”

Despite that, the 49ers are full of talent. On paper, she’s a lot more talent than the Bears. That should mitigate a potential loss for Kittle, assuming that’s actually what’s going on. If that happens, try not to lose too much sleep on it.

“But to be honest with you, if you think losing George Keitel brings this game closer, you’re not where you want to be,” Baldinger continued confidently. “They should be able to beat George Keitel’s loss in this game. I’d be surprised if he plays. You can’t take anything in the second week.

“He’s going to be disappointed. I’m sure he wants to play. I’m sure he’s getting acupuncture now, and who knows what else? He’s lying in some salt water somewhere, trying to get rid of some inflammation. But you’ve just had to get him ready.” for the season. It made a huge difference.

“You really, frankly, have to go up the next player in every position right now. You just have to train them all and get them all ready to play, knowing that there is a pullback. The other players behind him can’t stop him as much as he can, but you just have to go with The next man.”

You can listen to the entire conversation with Baldinger below.