Niners managing ankle soreness from divisional round
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said TE George Kittle was just dealing with some ankle soreness. Team wants to have him as close to full strength as possible Sunday. Kittle will practice in full today. (ESPN – Nick Wagoner)
Nerdy Football Analysis: Kittle wasn’t needed much last week versus the Vikings, as Shanahan leaned heavily on the running game (47 attempts). This week could play out in a similar fashion if the 49ers’ defense is as dominant as it was against Minnesota, but the likelihood is San Francisco will give Kittle a bit more work this week after he punished the Packers for 129 yards and a touchdown on six catches in the teams’ Week 12 meeting.