Injuries: 49ers' George Kittle expected to play vs. Pack

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It appears the San Francisco 49ers will have some of their key offensive weapons available against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Tight end George Kittle (knee/ankle) and wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and Deebo Samuel (shoulder) are expected to play, though they may work out before the game, sources tell NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Kittle has missed the last two games due to knee and ankle injuries. The third-year pro out of Iowa has 46 catches for 561 yards and two touchdowns in eight games this season.

It will be a battle of NFC powers in Santa Clara as the 49ers (9-1) play host to the Packers (8-2) on Sunday Night Football.

Other news we're monitoring ahead of Sunday's Week 12 games:

»  New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who appeared on the injury report Friday and is listed as questionable with a right elbow injury, is active against the Dallas Cowboys. However, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle) barely practiced this week and is inactive.  

Receiver Phillip Dorsett (concussion) is also inactive. So, the Patriots are left with just four wide receivers: Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers and Matthew Slater.

»  Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Connor Williams, who had knee surgery last week and was listed as questionable, is active to play against the Patriots. As expected, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch is inactive.

»  Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley, listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, is active against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As expected, tight end Austin Hooper and running back Devonta Freeman are inactive.

»  Carolina Panthers left tackle Greg Little, listed as questionable with knee soreness, is active against the New Orleans Saints.

»  Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (toe), listed as questionable, is active to play against the Detroit Lions.

»  New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (hamstring), listed as questionable, is inactive against the Panthers. Lattimore has a chance to return on Thursday against the Falcons, Rapoport reports.

»  Cincinnati Bengals tackle Cordy Glenn will make his season debut against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as he is officially active. Glenn suffered a concussion in the preseason and was suspended one game earlier this season for disciplinary reasons.

As expected, wide receiver A.J. Green is inactive.

» Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (ankle), running back Jordan Howard (shoulder), who has not been cleared for contact yet, and wide receiver Nelson Agholor (knee) are inactive for Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

» Detroit Lions defensive end Trey Flowers and quarterback Matthew Stafford are both inactive for Sunday.

» As expected Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and defensive back Artie Burns are inactive against the Bengals.

»  As expected, New York Giants tight end Evan Engram is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.

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