The San Francisco 49ers hope to get two new healthy bodies back in action as both G/C Daniel Kilgore and rookie fourth-round pick WR DeAndre Smelter will take part in practice this week. “We’re going to open up Kilgore and Smelter today, or this week. So, they’ll be practicing,” Tomsula said this morning.
As a result, the 49ers activated a 21-day window for Kilgore, who has been placed on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list up to this point for a possible return. The Appalachian State product suffered a broken leg on October 19, 2014 and has been rehabbing since.
The 49ers could use all the help they can get at center as second-year C Marcus Martin has been downright awful this season while being a huge disappointment.
In other news, the 49ers also opened a 21-day practice window for Smelter, who tore his ACL Nov. 29, 2014 while playing with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. However, Smelter may be on the outside looking in, as Tomsula was hesitant on his progress up to this point. “In terms of a definite expectation right now, I don’t want to give you one because we just want to get it open. He’s cleared through everything. We’re going to get it open and get him out there and see where we’re at.”
Smelter is arguably the team’s best run-blocker at the wide-receiver position outside of WR Anquan Boldin. “If you don’t block at Georgia Tech, you’re probably not going to play, so I take great pride in my blocking,” Smelter told me.
With the 49ers trying to see what type of talent they have moving forward, it will be interesting to see if Smelter gets his chance to shine, as he has the high potential to be a good one.