The San Francisco 49ers have an important game this weekend, but next week is a big point in the NFL calendar. After Week 6 games, teams are allowed to start bringing back players off the PUP list. Daniel Kilgore is on the 49ers PUP list, and he told the media on Wednesday that he does not expect to be playing next week against the Seattle Seahawks.
This is not exactly a shocking development, but worth hearing nonetheless. The 49ers have a six week window to bring Kilgore back to practice. If they do not do it in those six weeks, they have to put him on season-ending injured reserve. If they do bring him back to practice, they then have a three week window in which to active him to the 53-man roster. If they do not activate him in that three week window, they have to place him on season-ending injured reserve.
Kilgore suggested Week 10 as an option but said he did not know. He did acknowledge that playing Seattle on a short week makes it all the more likely the team will wait. It will all depend on how quickly he shakes off the rust, and how quickly the training staff clears him to get back into game action.
For now, the key is seeing when he returns to practice. Once that happens, we will start to get a better idea of what it will mean for an offensive line going through some re-structuring. Andrew Tiller is pushing Jordan Devey for a starting spot at right guard. Marcus Martin is struggling in a bad way at center. If Kilgore can reclaim the center position, Martin could very well be shuffled to a back-up role if Tiller takes Devey's job. Given Tiller's recent surge, that timetable will be critical to figuring out what to do next for the offensive line.