Third round draft pick Marcus Martin injured his knee Sunday in a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
Today, the 49ers staff came out and said that the center from USC is out for two months (eight weeks) due to a dislocated kneecap.
Source: #49ers rookie C Marcus Martin is expected to be sidelined eight weeks (kneecap).
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) August 25, 2014
Martin was a backup at the center position. Daniel Kilgore is still the starter at the center position on a very thin offensive line.
The biggest question is what will the 49ers do with Martin. He cannot be placed on the PUP list because the injury did not happen before camp. According to Niners Nation, “The 49ers can use their short term injured reserved spot on Martin, but then they would not be able to use it on Glenn Dorsey. If a player is placed on short term IR, they have to stay on the list for a minimum of eight weeks.” The team cannot place anyone on the short term IR until September 2, so we will have to wait and see what the 49ers decide to do.
Adam Snyder and rookie Dillon Farrell both have experience at the center position, but fans are hoping that Kilgore does not go down during the season. Snyder was injured earlier during training camp, but he is looking good now.
At the moment Joe Staley is starting at left tackle, Mike Iupati is at left guard, Kilgore at center, Anthony Davis at right tackle and the right guard is a little tricky. Alex Boone would start, however, if his hold out continues into the season, Adam Snyder could get the start over him.