SANTA CLARA – Inside linebacker Michael Wilhoite, who started all 16 games last season in place of NaVorro Bowman, reported to training camp with a muscle strain in his leg and was placed on active/non-football injury.
Coach Jim Tomsula said he does not believe the injury will keep Wilhoite out of action for too long, but “we’re not going to rush him back,” he said. Wilhoite is projected to start this season, alongside Bowman.
Center Daniel Kilgore is expected out until at least the middle of training camp after undergoing a follow-up procedure on his left lower leg, which he fractured last season. Kilgore is on active/physically unable to perform.
“We expected Daniel sometime toward middle of training camp,” Tomsula said. “That’s pushed back, but I don’t know how far back.”
Tomsula said Kilgore’s injury is not considered a condition that will keep him out of action for the long term. The surgery, which was recommended after the team's offseason program, was performed to assist in the healing process and was not a corrective procedure, Tomsula said.
Linebacker Nick Bellore reported to camp with an illness and is seeing a doctor, Tomsula said. It is not known whether Bellore will be available for the 49ers’ first full-squad practice on Saturday.