The 49ers placed five players, including two would-be starters – running back Carlos Hyde and center Daniel Kilgore – on the team’s injury lists Tuesday.
Hyde, who was placed on the Non-Football Injury list (NFI), dealt with a minor calf pull during spring drills but is not believed to have suffered an injury and likely won’t be on the NFI long.
The same goes for second-year player Aaron Lynch, an outside linebacker, and seventh-round draft pick Trent Brown, an offensive tackle. Both are on the NFI with Hyde.
Kilgore, meanwhile, suffered a broken ankle in October and was placed on injured reserve, ending his first season as the team’s starting center. He did not take part in any offseason practices but said he thought he’d be back for training camp. The 49ers, however, have placed him on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list to start the summer session.
Marcus Martin, Joe Looney and Dillon Farrell played center during the recent OTA and minicamp sessions and could fill in should Kilgore’s absence continue.
Fourth-round draft pick DeAndre Smelter also was placed on the NFI after suffering an ACL tear while playing wide receiver at Georgia Tech in late November. If he plays, it likely won’t be until the second half of the season.
Players on the injury lists count against the 49ers’ 90-man offseason roster. They can be removed at any time. However, if they are still on the injury lists when the season begins, they must miss at least the first six weeks.
The 49ers did not place either defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, who tore his ACL last August, or safety Jimmie Ward, who broke his foot in November, on the PUP list, and they have been cleared to practice. The team has until Saturday to add players to the various injury rosters.
The 49ers’ rookies, quarterbacks and injured players reported for training camp Monday and are permitted to go through light practices this week. The rest of the team reports Friday, and the first full-squad practice is Saturday evening.