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Center Daniel Kilgore, who underwent season-ending surgery to repair a fractured left lower leg, promised Thursday to return stronger than ever.
Kilgore wrote on Twitter:
“Been a couple days since surgery, just wanted to tell everyone thank you for the prayers and messages. I will be back stronger and better!”
Kilgore sustained an injury that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh compared to nose tackle Ian Williams’ fractured lower leg from early in the 2013 season. Williams was placed on injured reserve and was not cleared to return to practice until two weeks into training camp.
Williams underwent four surgeries, including the final one in February to remove the plate from his leg. He was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list on Aug. 12 and saw some action in the exhibition season.
After a rough season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, Williams has played very well this season as part of the 49ers’ defense that ranks fourth in the NFL against the run.
Kilgore sustained his season-ending injury in the third quarter Sunday night. He was blocking Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton when, behind him, linebacker Brandon Marshall flew into his leg while making a tackle on Frank Gore.
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The 49ers will place Kilgore on injured reserve, ending his season. The team plans for rookie Marcus Martin, a third-round draft pick from USC, to assume the starting role. Joe Looney and Dillon Farrell are also capable of playing center.
Been a couple days since surgery, just wanted to tell everyone thank you for the prayers and messages. I will be back stronger and better!— Daniel (@DanielKilgore67) October 23, 2014