The San Francisco 49ers are going to have to wait a little bit longer for Daniel Kilgore to return to the practice field. Head coach Jim Tomsula told the media on Friday that following minicamp, the team doctors checked out Kilgore and were not entirely happy with where he was at. He had a second procedure to clean some things up, and remains on the PUP list.
Tomsula said the team had been expecting him back for the middle of training camp, but that time line has been pushed back. He emphasized it was not a long-term, season-ending issue. However, it would seem like he will miss a sizable chunk of training camp. If at the end of camp the team wanted to keep him out, he would either have to be inactive, or be placed on the Reserve/PUP list for at least six weeks.
For comparison's sake, Ian Williams had four surgeries on the ankle injury he suffered back in 2013. I believe his fourth surgery was earlier than this second Kilgore surgery, but I am not entirely certain. Williams was activated on August 12 last year. It would seem unlikely Kilgore will be activated that early. In the meantime, Marcus Martin and Joe Looney will split snaps at center. I imagine this is a modest boost for Dillon Farrell as well. He was the third center last year prior to Kilgore's injury, and got some important experience following various injuries.