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Report: 49ers C Heitmann could miss 2011 season

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By PFW staff

49ers C Eric Heitmann is expected to miss the entire 2011 season after undergoing neck surgery, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported.

Heitmann underwent the surgery four weeks ago to repair a ruptured disk. His agent, Kenny Zuckerman, told Maiocco that the surgery takes approximately six months from which to recover.

Heitmann suffered a broken left fibula in training camp last year. He was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 2 after his leg healed, but his neck kept him on the sideline.

The 31-year-old had started every game for the 49ers from 2007-09. He has started 114 games in his career. David Baas replaced Heitmann and started all 16 games, but is a free agent.

The way we see it

This is tough news for Heitmann to potentially miss his second season in a row after missing two games from 2004-09. Re-signing Baas is a higher priority for the 49ers, and it is expected that he will return to San Francisco.

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