SANTA CLARA (AP) — Center Daniel Kilgore will travel with the 49ers for their game against the Chicago Bears, San Francisco coach Jim Tomsula said Friday.
Kilgore has not played since suffering a fractured left fibula during a game against the Broncos in Denver in October 2014.
Tomsula was non-committal about whether Kilgore, who has been rehabbing since a June 13 procedure on his left fibula, would be activated on Saturday but did say he would be on the team plane.
Kilgore, who has appeared in 40 games since he was drafted by the 49ers in 2011, won the starting job at the beginning of last season. He made seven starts before his injury.
“I’d like to have something to build off of for the offseason, see where I am,” Kilgore said this week. “It’s been over a year now. And I’ve been doing all this training. So I’d like to do something. I don’t want to do all this training for nothing.”
Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst suggested Thursday that Kilgore would be eased into action once he returns.
“You have to be judicious so that he continues to feel success without being overused,” Chryst said. “You think about how people play in the preseason and you get a series or two the first game.”
Marcus Martin stepped in for Kilgore as a rookie and has started 19 of the 49ers’ last 20 games.
“I think I’m ready to go,” Kilgore said. “But it’s based on their call, their judgment. So if they think I’m good enough to go, I’m good enough to go.”
NOTES: RB Carlos Hyde (foot) and TE Garrett Celek (ankle) did not practice and will not make the trip to Chicago. ... LB Michael Wilhoite (ankle) was limited in practice but is listed as probable.