SANTA CLARA – Center Daniel Kilgore declared himself ready to return to action. But he is still waiting for the official go-ahead from the 49ers' decision-makers.
“I’m ready. I’m ready,” Kilgore said. ‘The ball is in their court. I can only control what I can control, and we’ll see what they decide to do.”
Kilgore’s 21-day practice window closes on Monday. The 49ers can activate him to the 53-man roster from the physically-unable-to-perform list at any point. He sustained a fractured left lower leg on Oct. 19 of last season against the Denver Broncos. He underwent two surgeries and had 12 screws inserted into his leg.
Kilgore got limited reps with the 49ers’ first-team offense during his first two weeks of practice while taking all of the snaps with the scout team. He said he feels no soreness in his leg and ankle.
“I feel great. I’m ready for it,” Kilgore said. “I’d like to have something to build off of for the offseason to see where I am. It’s been over a year now. I’ve been doing all of this training, so I’d like to do something. I don’t want to do all of this training for nothing. I’d like to go out there and see what I can do and build off of it this offseason.”
Kilgore, a fifth-year pro, started the first seven games of last season before sustaining the injury. Center Marcus Martin started eight games after Kilgore's injury last season and all 11 games this year.