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Daniel Kilgore status remains uncertain as 49ers consider injury list

The San Francisco 49ers are hoping to get center Daniel Kilgore back at some point this season. We break down Jim Tomsula's recent comments.

The San Francisco 49ers will be making their first round of roster cuts no later than 1 p.m. PT on Tuesday. The team has until then to cut down to 75 players. The players spent Sunday recovering from Saturday's game, while the coaches spent the day in meetings. The players will be back in meetings on Monday, and my guess is some cut news starts to leak out.

One way the 49ers can cut down is moving players on Active/NFI and Active/PUP to the Reserve version of those lists. The 49ers have two players on those lists, with wide receiver DeAndre Smelter on the NFI list, and center Daniel Kilgore on the PUP list. I expect Smelter to be moved to the Reserve/NFI list, but I am not as sure about Kilgore. He is rehabbing his ankle injury, and has continued to do so throughout camp. Jim Tomsula was asked about a timeline for Kilgore on Sunday, and he said the following:

I don't have a solid answer for you on that. He just had that, some kind of a whatever he had, checked up. And I know that he's doing really well, and they're really excited about that. So I know that his activity is going to increase, so we're in a safe zone there. So we just have to see where that's going, and I will, that again will be a day-to-day.

And so, we are left to wait and wonder when the center might return. A healthy Kilgore would prove huge for this offensive line. He does not exactly help the right side, but he adds further depth to the group, which is nothing but good.

I remain convinced he ends up on the PUP list to start the regular season, but it is entirely possible the team waits until Saturday to firm up that decision. He's coming off a positive medical report, but there is still a lot left to figure out.