George Kittle is officially out for the 49ers' Week 3 matchup with the Giants, head coach Kyle Shanahan announced on Friday morning.
As of Thursday, the door was slightly ajar.
That, at least, would have been the takeaway from this characteristically entertaining back-and-forth with the star tight end on Zoom.
Would Kittle play? Who the hell knows.
Kittle, who is recovering from a reported sprained MCL and a bone bruise, declined to directly address his playing status.
With Kittle a no-go, spot starter Nick Mullens has one less target to lock in on during Sunday's meeting with the Giants.