CHICAGO - As expected, the 49ers have activated center Daniel Kilgore from the reserve/physically unable to perform list in time for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. To make room on the active roster, the team waived inside linebacker Shayne Skov.
Kilgore’s addition to the active roster comes a day ahead of Sunday’s tilt against the Bears, where he could make his season debut. Kilgore suffered a fractured lower leg midway through last season that required two surgeries, including one in June to clean up "gunk" from the area, Kilgore said.
"I think I’m ready to go. It’s based on their call, their judgement," Kilgore said. "If they think I’m good enough to go, I’m good enough to go. From my perspective, I’m good enough to go."
The 49ers opened Kilgore’s 21-day practice window three weeks ago, and faced the deadline Monday after the Bears game to add him to the roster or shut him down for the season.
After rotating in Andrew Tiller with Jordan Devey at right guard for four games, the 49ers made Tiller the starter two weeks ago. That could be the way they ramp up Kilgore, who didn't get the luxury of training camp or preseason snaps. Regardless of how much he's able to play, Kilgore said he wants to get on the field to head into the offseason with some momentum.
"I’ve been doing all this training. I’d like to do something. I don’t want to do all this training for nothing. Go out there and see what I can do and build off it this offseason," Kilgore said.
Kilgore, who made the first seven starts of his career in 2014, provides reinforcements for an offensive line that’s struggled mightily this season. The offense ranks dead last in the NFL in both scoring and yardage by considerable margins, in part because of the offensive line’s struggles. The starter Marcus Martin has graded out as the league's lowest-ranked starting center for most of the season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Skov has appeared in all 11 games this season, doing the majority of his work on special teams, where he made four tackles, third most on the team. Since the start of the season, the 49ers added inside linebacker Gerald Hodges in a trade with the Vikings and recently signed former Raider Ray Ray Armstrong. The team's other inside linebackers are NaVorro Bowman, Michael Wilhoite and Nick Bellore.