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Wounded Niners Take Another Blow in Blowout Loss to Broncos

October 21st, 2014 at 4:36 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

The San Francisco 49ers went into Denver banged up and leaking oil…and it certainly showed. By the end of a historic night that showcased Peyton Manning's record breaking touchdown, the Niners left Sports Authority Field at Mile High with another man down…starting center, Daniel Kilgore.

Kilgore suffered an injury during the third quarter and was shown in great pain as he was carted off the field. The injury has been confirmed as a fractured left ankle and will require season-ending surgery.

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh announced that the injury is similar to the one nose tackle Ian Williams suffered last year. Williams was injured in a Week 2 match up against the Seattle Seahawks. Williams missed the rest of the year and took until the start of training camp to fully recover.

“It’s similar. He was disappointed. He played well in the game. So that’s an obstacle to overcome. He’s made of the right stuff. No doubt that he’ll overcome,” Harbaugh said.

While Kilgore was out, rookie Dillon Farrell stepped in but was later replaced by Joe Looney after Farrell shaken up only a few plays in.

The 49ers are on bye this upcoming week but will likely fill the center position with rookie, third-round pick Marcus Martin, according to Harbaugh

“We’ll evaluate that as we go, but I think right now the first shot at that will be Marcus Martin,”

Drafted out of USC, Martin was originally in a battle for the center position at the start of training camp but suffered a left knee injury in the third preseason game against the San Diego Chargers. Since the 20-year old Martin only returned to practice earlier this month and lacks experience, Harbaugh announced that Farrell and Looney could spell Martin throughout the season.

With the injuries piling up, the bye could not have come at a better time for the Niners.

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