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Mullens to replace injured Garoppolo as 49ers starting QB

Coach Kyle Shanahan also says TE George Kittle will miss a second straight game after spraining his knee in the season opener.
Credit: AP
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens warms up before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Nick Mullens will start at quarterback on Sunday for the San Francisco 49ers in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo but won’t have All-Pro tight end George Kittle as an option. 

Garoppolo didn’t practice all week because of a high ankle sprain and has been officially ruled out for this week’s game against the New York Giants. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan also says Kittle will miss a second straight game after spraining his knee in the season opener.

Kittle practiced on a limited basis but wasn’t healthy enough to go.