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Daniel Kilgore will travel with 49ers, Week 13 status still TBD

Will we see Daniel Kilgore play in Week 13? It is still hard to tell, but Jim Tomsula offered up some hints.

The San Francisco 49ers will travel to face the Chicago Bears this weekend, and center Daniel Kilgore will travel with the team. Head coach Jim Tomsula confirmed that information, but also would not say if Kilgore will be activated off the PUP list for the game. The team has until 1 p.m. PT on Saturday to make a decision.

Tomsula did have a couple comments that might indicate Kilgore is a possibility to be activated. First, he said DeAndre Smelter likely would not travel with the team. Smelter is on the NFI list, and has to be activated between now and Monday. It seems unlikely Smelter will be activated, so him not traveling and Kilgore traveling is notable.

The second comment was Tomsula joking around about the media being busy Saturday afternoon waiting for news on Kilgore's status. This certainly does not mean he will be activated, but it is interesting to consider. If Kilgore's leg is good to go, there is no reason not to get him back on the field. I think this differs a bit from Carlos Hyde's injury because of the extended absence for Kilgore. He has not played in a game since October 19, 2014. If he sits out the rest of the season, it will be another offseason, thus making it nearly two years between football games. If his leg is in fact healthy, it would make sense to get him out there over the final four or five games and get the rust off before the season.