The San Francisco 49ers continue to be hit with the injury bug as C/G Daniel Kilgore had a setback with his broken leg. Back in May, Kilgore told me that he would be ready in time for training camp but it looks like that is not happening, as his recovery hasn’t gone as planned.
A minor operation has since been in the cards for Kilgore and should speed up his recovery in time for the 2015 season. “It was a quick surgery,” 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula told beat writers. “It was something and we feel real good about that. That’s day-to-day.” Kilgore has since been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List and will likely miss most if not all of training camp.
However, Kilgore wasn’t the only one listed on the injury report as fourth-year veteran ILB Michael Wilhoite has been dealing with a muscle strain in his leg, and as a result has been placed on the Non-Football Injury list. In 2014, Wilhoite finished ranked second on the team with 87 tackles, made two interceptions and forced one fumble.
How long will Wilhoite be out of action? “I don’t think it’s going to be too long,” Tomsula added. An inside linebacker position that is extremely thin with little depth behind starters Wilhoite and ILB NaVorro Bowman, the 49ers may need to add a seasoned veteran as the season nears.
With Wilhoite dealing with a muscle strain, it’s another linebacker who is also out of action due to the flu. The 49ers new special-teams ace LB Nick Bellore has been dealing with flu like symptoms and has been held out of practice as of late.
In other news, it appears that 49ers rookie first-round pick (No. 17) DE Arik Armstead has been looking strong despite missing significant time during the off-season. Armstead who was unable to participate in the 49ers off-season program due to league rules as the University of Oregon was still in session, it appears that Armstead is back in action and ready to go to work. “Arik is in great shape, work-out shape,” Tomsula said.
With the 49ers gearing up for their first of two open practices at Levi’s Stadium, it will be fun to see how Armstead and the other rookies look as the season can’t come here soon enough.