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49ers place center Daniel Kilgore on injured reserve

49ers place center Daniel Kilgore on injured reserve

The San Francisco 49ers placed center Daniel Kilgore on injured reserve and promoted offensive lineman Alex Balducci to the active roster from the team’s practice squad, the team announced on Tuesday.

San Francisco has also signed offensive lineman Mitchell Van Dyk to the team’s practice squad.

Kilgore sustained a leg injury in the first quarter against the Jets and was immediately ruled out for a return Sunday for the 49ers’ shorthanded offensive line.

He was injured on a play in which quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed a 6-yard pass to Quinton Patton. Kilgore remained on the ground, grabbing behind his right leg.

After walking off the field slowly, but under his own power, Kilgore remained on the sideline despite being ruled out for a return later in the game.

Balducci (6-4, 310) originally signed with San Francisco on May 6, 2016 as an undrafted free agent from the University of Oregon. After spending training camp with the team, he was waived on September 3 and signed to the team’s practice squad the following day.

Balducci will wear number 75.

Kilgore (6-3, 308) started in each of the team’s 13 games this season. 

Van Dyk (6-7, 299) was originally drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 7th round (226th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. He was waived by the Rams on August 30, 2014, signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 15, 2015, and spent the entire 2015 season on the Injured Reserve List. Following his release from Pittsburgh on February 16, 2016, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts on April 21 and spent training camp with the team before his release on September 3.

A 25-year-old native of Paso Robles, Van Dyk attended Portland State University where he appeared in 37 games (31 starts) from 2009-13. He earned All-Big Sky Conference honors as a senior (First-Team) and junior (Honorable Mention).

San Francisco 49ers media services contributed to this story
 

49ers aim for multi-year contract with franchise player Robbie Gould

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49ers aim for multi-year contract with franchise player Robbie Gould

PHOENIX — Kicker Robbie Gould may not be overjoyed about being locked into the 49ers for one season as the team’s franchise player.

But general manager John Lynch said Monday at the NFL owners meeting the club remains hopeful of reaching an agreement on a multi-year contract.

“We had a conversation with his representation at the combine,” Lynch said. “The franchise (tag) was something that we have at our disposal that we are going to use because he’s a very good player and we don’t want to let him go.”

Gould has yet to sign his tender that would pay him $4.97 million for the 2019 season. He is not obligated to participate in the offseason program as his pay does not go into effect until Week 1. HIs previous contract with the team was a two-year $4 million agreement.

“We worked really hard to try to get a deal done,” Lynch said. “That didn’t happen and so I think we understand that, and we move forward accordingly.”

It remains to be seen if Gould will report to the facility for any of the offseason program or training camp. Lynch left open the possibility of working out a multi-year deal.

“That’s not dead, either,” Lynch said. “I think the franchise gives you some flexibility in that the player is a part of you, but we’re still trying to figure it out and (will) probably take another go at trying to figure this out. It takes everyone wanting to do that. We’ll see if that’s a reality or not.”

Franchise players holding out, as seen by Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, can create a distraction for the team. As a veteran kicker, the negative impact would likely be minimized but Lynch pointed out how his presence is important.

“A lot of the work that they do is unsung,” Lynch said. “They do a lot to the side where they are working with the holder and the mechanics, and with the long snapper. It’s a lot of things. You probably don’t see all the work that they’re doing, but it’s important. You miss out on some of that.”

Gould led the league in accuracy, making 97.1-percent of his field-goal attempts last season. In 2017, he led the league in made field goals with 39. He has been a valuable part of the 49ers who were last in the league in red-zone efficiency.

"We don’t know that he’s not going to be a part of us in the offseason and all those things,” Lynch said. “So we’ll see where that goes.”

Jerick McKinnon fits into 49ers' plan for upcoming season, GM John Lynch says

Jerick McKinnon fits into 49ers' plan for upcoming season, GM John Lynch says

PHOENIX – The 49ers could get out of Jerick McKinnon’s contract with minimal financial impact before next week.

But general manager John Lynch believes it would be foolish for the team to part ways with McKinnon prior to April 1.

“Yeah, Jerick is going to be a part of us,” Lynch said Monday at the NFL owners meeting. “We’re excited to see that through.”

As part of the terms of the four-year, $30 million contract the sides agreed upon last year, McKinnon’s full $3.7 million salary for 2019 becomes fully guaranteed next Monday. He can also earn another $300,000 in bonuses during the upcoming season.

McKinnon picked up $11.7 million in fully guaranteed money at signing last year, but his season ended before it ever began. McKinnon tore his ACL a week before the start of the regular season.

He is on pace for a full return for training camp, according to the team.

“Jerick’s working incredibly hard,” Lynch said. “He’s always had a chip on his shoulder because that was his first opportunity to be the guy. I’m sure he’ll have a bigger chip on his shoulder. But he’s very much a part of our plans. The way he’s working is very encouraging. But it’s a big thing to come back from, that’s for sure. Yeah, Jerick is going to be a part of us.”

The 49ers’ signing of free-agent running back Tevin Coleman was the source of some speculation about McKinnon’s future. Lynch said the 49ers did not enter the offseason determined to add a veteran running back.

"We were comfortable going into the season with our running back group," Lynch said.

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was among the top players available on the open market. Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets.

The market was soft for the other running backs. Coleman, who played two seasons with Kyle Shanahan as Atlanta’s offensive coordinator, signed a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the 49ers.

“We saw an opportunity with Tevin and we pounced on it, because we knew the player he was,” Lynch said. “And that’s one where Kyle had first-hand experience with him. If we could do it at that price, absolutely, we’d be involved. We worked hard to get it done, and we’re really thrilled.”

Coleman and McKinnon are joined by running backs Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson on the 49ers’ offseason roster. Lynch said the club is currently not engaged in trade talks of any kind.