CHICAGO – Center Daniel Kilgore has returned to the 49ers’ 53-man roster for the first time in more than a year.
The 49ers on Saturday activated Kilgore from the physically-unable-to-perform list one day before the team’s game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. He is expected to be active and in uniform for the game.
It is not known whether Kilgore or Marcus Martin, who started the first 11 games of the season, will be in the starting lineup.
To make room for Kilgore on the roster, the 49ers waived linebacker Shayne Skov, a former Stanford star who appeared in all 11 games as a special-teams contributor. Skov recorded four tackles on special teams.
Kilgore sustained a fractured left lower leg on Oct. 19, 2014, in a game against the Denver Broncos. Kilgore underwent two surgeries and had 12 screws inserted into his leg in the past year.
Kilgore’s return was much longer than expected. When asked recently why it took so long for him to return to action, Kilgore said there was “gunk in the break of the fibula that was blocking the bone growth.”
Kilgore said he underwent a follow-up surgery on June 14 to transfer bone from his left hip to inject into the fibula to stimulate bone growth and recovery. He also had surgery to clean up his ankle, he said.
“That’s what prolonged it, and it’s fixed now,” Kilgore said.
Kilgore, a fifth-year pro, won the starting job last season and made his first seven career starts before the injury.