49ers’ Pro Bowl TE George Kittle Reveals He is Playing Through Torn Labrum

George Kittle of the 49ers during the Green Bay Packers v San Francisco 49ers game in January 2020. Photo by Dave Shopland/BPI/Shutterstock

San Francisco 49ers’ tight end George Kittle emerged as the team’s biggest weapons on offense in the past two years while also establishing himself as one of the best players at his position. Kittle’s excellent performances is even more impressive once you realize that he has been achieving them while injured.

Kittle recently made an appearance on Pardon My Take podcast, where he revealed that he has been dealing with torn labrum injury in the past two seasons.

 “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,” said Kittle.

Kittle also ruled out the possibility of getting surgery in the near future.

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

Kittle had 85 receptions for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, which brought him second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance and first career All-Pro selection. Besides his influence in the passing game, he had a huge impact on run and pass blocking as well. 

The 26-year-old also added four receptions for 35 yards in postseason games against Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers.