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O-line Update: Marcus Martin to Return This Season

Posted Aug 25, 2014

Also to report: Who will now back up Daniel Kilgore at center? And why did Mike Iupati struggle in Week 3 of the preseason?

In the wake of the San Francisco 49ers third preseason game, there are several updates on the team's offensive line...

Martin on the Mend

Jim Harbaugh revealed that rookie center Marcus Martin's injury was not as serious as a torn ACL. The coach didn't confirm a report that Martin would miss only eight weeks of action.

"I don't want to put a time on it right now," Harbaugh said.

Martin left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. He was carted off of the field after receiving high-fives and pats on the back from teammates.

The USC product, whose story hasn't always been smooth, overcame an ankle injury early in training camp and had been "playing catch-up" in the words of offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Backup Competition

Harbaugh mentioned guards Joe Looney and Adam Snyder when asked about Martin's potential replacement on the depth chart.

Martin had been backing up Daniel Kilgore at center, even garnering snaps with the first-team offense in the second quarter on Sunday.

Looney and Snyder have been competing for playing time at right guard with 2013 starter Alex Boone still absent from the team.

The younger Dillon Farrell could also be in the mix at the position.

Starter's Strengths

Harbaugh was asked about why Kilgore is such a great fit for the position. The 49ers coach complimented his presumptive starter before discussing Kilgore's impressive streak at the line of scrimmage.

"He's a very athletic center; he has a good combination of strength and quickness; he has a quick mind," Harbaugh said. "He has done a good job of making the calls and understanding the system. He's on a streak of not missing a call for... I can't remember the last time he missed a call. So it's been good, been very pleased, knock on wood.

"He'll continue to get those reps. He is taking care of business."

On Guard

Mike Iupati spoke on Monday about his mistakes in Sunday's game. The team's starting left guard was shoved aside on two plays that saw quarterback Colin Kaepernick take big hits in the pocket; one of them resulted in a fumble-causing sack.

The fifth-year pro, a two-time Pro Bowler, said he wasn't overly concerned with the results.

"It hurts because you always want to be on top of your game," Iupati said. "You learn from it and move on.

"Sometimes you lose some, sometimes you win some. Mainly, it’s technique."

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