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SANTA CLARA -- Center Daniel Kilgore is scheduled for season-ending surgery on his fractured left lower leg, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday.
Kilgore, 26, sustained the injury in the third quarter of the 49ers’ 42-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. Harbaugh described Kilgore’s injury as similar to Ian Williams’ fracture in Week 3 of last season. Williams returned to action during training camp after four surgeries.
“He was disappointed,” Harbaugh said of Kilgore, who started the first seven games of the season after taking over for veteran Jonathan Goodwin, whom he backed up the previous three seasons.
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“He played well in the game, so it’s an obstacle to overcome, and he’s made of the right stuff. There’s no doubt he’ll overcome it.”
The 49ers drafted Kilgore in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Appalacian State.
Third-round draft pick Marcus Martin will get the first chance to replace Kilgore, Harbaugh said. Martin is returing to action after sustaining a knee injury during the exhibition season.
"Bright youngster," Harbaugh said of Martin. "He's champed at the bit to get back."
Martin, selected in the third round of this year's draft, has been inactive for the first seven games of the regular season after he sustained a knee injury during preseason.
Joe Looney and undrafted rookie Dillon Farrell, who initially replaced Kilgore on Sunday night, are also capable of playing center.