49ers-Rams pregame report: George Kittle looks good to go

George Kittle will play for 49ers at Rams today, running back Jeff Wilson returns from 1-game hiatus; Aqib Talib, Clay Matthews, Todd Gurley out

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle celebrates after scoring during the second half in an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES — Tight end George Kittle has only missed one game in his 49ers career, and he won’t be missing today’s visit to the Los Angeles Rams despite Friday’s groin injury.

Kittle looked OK in warmups about two hours before kickoff. He’s excelled in his previous two Coliseum appearances: his nine-catch, 149-yard effort last year sealed his NFL single-season record for tight ends (1,377 yards), and he had a 100-yard outing in the 2017 season finale that the 49ers won here.

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Kittle’s receiving totals are down this year (23 catches, 235 yards, one TD) but he’s delivered excellent blocks for the league’s No. 1 rushing attack, and he could be summoned to help replace injured fullback Kyle Juszczyk. Backup tight end Ross Dwelley also figures to morph into the fullback role. Juszczyk is out four to six weeks with a knee sprain.

Kittle has started 20 consecutive games and only missed one, a Nov. 12, 2017 win over the New York Giants because of an ankle injury.


The 49ers will have all four running backs suit up, with Matt Breida, Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert joined by Jeff Wilson, who did not suit up in Monday’s 31-3 win over the Browns. Wilson ran for two touchdowns in each of the previous games upon his promotion from the practice squad while Coleman sat with an ankle injury.


Not suiting up for the 49ers are:

Juszczyk (knee)

Left tackle Joe Staley (fibula fracture)

Right tackle Mike McGlinchey (right knee)

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (right foot)

Quarterback C.J. Beathard

Defensive tackle Jullian Taylor

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews


Justin Skule will make his third start at left tackle and Daniel Brunskill will make his starting debut at right tackle.

Emmanuel Moseley again will replace Witherspoon after impressing in his first start Monday, when the 49ers beat the Cleveland Browns 31-3.


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Among those out for the Rams are:

Running back Todd Gurley (thigh)

Linebacker Clay Matthews (jaw)

Cornerback Aqib Talib (ribs)

Cornerback David Long Jr.

Center Coleman Shelton

Tackle Bobby Evans

Defensive tackle Tanzel Smart

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