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49ers’ George Kittle to see Colts cousin on Sunday

Iowa tight end George Kittle runs onto the field during senior day ceremonies before an NCAA college football game against Nebraska, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Iowa tight end George Kittle runs onto the field during senior day ceremonies before an NCAA college football game against Nebraska, Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa. AP

The Colts on Friday signed a tight end, Henry Krieger Coble, to their 53-man roster, which might not be a big deal 49ers fans but is a huge one for one particular 49er.

Krieger Coble and San Francisco tight end George Kittle are first cousins who grew up playing football, baseball, hockey -- everything -- together. Their mothers are sisters, one of 10 girls in a family that grew up on a farm outside of Mount Union, Iowa.

"Henry always won because he was the biggest," Kittle told the Iowa Gazette in 2015.

Both Krieger Coble and Kittle played at Iowa. Krieger Coble went undrafted last year and spent time on the Broncos practice squad and active roster. He went through the most recent training camp with the Colts. With tight end Jack Doyle out for Sunday's game with a concussion, Indianapolis needed another tight end and signed Krieger Coble, who is expected to be in uniform.

Kittle, meanwhile, dealt with minor injuries -- groin, hamstring and calf -- early in the season but said Friday he's felt 100 percent since Sunday's game in Arizona.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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