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Center Daniel Kilgore going to Chicago with 49ers, could be activated

Niners center Daniel Kilgore is making the trip to Chicago and could be activated for the first time since being injured last season. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While neither running back Carlos Hyde (foot) nor tight end Garrett Celek (ankle) will make the trip to Chicago for the San Francisco 49ers’ game against the Bears this weekend, center Daniel Kilgore, who has not played since breaking his left ankle/lower leg on Oct. 19, 2014, will be on the charter flight.

Kilgore could be elevated to the 53-man active roster off the PUP list in time for the game, Niners coach Jim Tomsula hinted on Friday. Kilgore's 21-day practice window to either be activated or placed on season-ending injured reserve closes Monday.

“Your Saturday afternoon will get screwed up,” Tomsula joked to reporters, meaning they will have some news to report, as in Kilgore being activated. Of course, a roster spot would have to be found and Hyde being placed on IR would be a logical move.

“(There are) a couple of guys we still want moving around and things like that, too,” Tomsula added.

Kilgore expressed frustration earlier in the week about the apparent indecision.

“I’d like to have something to build off of for the offseason,” said Kilgore, who had a follow-up procedure on the ankle this summer.

“It’s been over a year now and I’ve been doing all this training so I’d like to do something. I don’t want to do all this training for nothing.”

Rookie receiver DeAndre Smelter's practice window also closes Monday, though Tomsula did not think Smelter would be joining the team in Chicago, meaning he is likely headed for season-ending injured reserve.