Javon Kinlaw was drafted with the expectation that he’d be battling opposing offensive lineman as part of an elite defensive front. Entering year two of his pro career, that hasn’t exactly come to fruition, as most of his battles have come against his own knee.
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch told KNBR on Friday that Kinlaw’s status is up in the air for Sunday’s Week 1 matchup against the Detroit Lions. The defensive tackle’s knee was injured during a game against the Dallas Cowboys last year and has swelled up on occasion since, Lynch said. Attempts to “quiet” those flare-ups lately haven’t been too successful, thus the player’s questionable status.