NFC West: Mike Purcell

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Earlier Thursday, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said nose tackle Glenn Dorsey would try to practice some. But later in the day, the 49ers indicated that Dorsey had missed his second straight practice day because of a hamstring injury.

Dorsey
Because hamstrings are easily aggravated, the odds are against Dorsey playing at Tennessee on Sunday. Tony Jerod-Eddie will likely start, and the team will likely either add Mike Purcell from the practice squad or activate Quinton Dial from the physically unable to perform list.

The 49ers did get some good injury news Thursday. Guard Alex Boone and defensive linemen Ray McDonald and Justin Smith all practiced on a limited basis after not working out on Wednesday.

Receiver Jon Baldwin didn’t practice Thursday because of an illness. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks did not practice for personal reasons; it is not expected to affect his playing status Sunday.

Quinton Dial could be activated

October, 17, 2013
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters Wednesday the team might have to add a player to the 53-man roster if nose tackle Glenn Dorsey can’t play because of a hamstring injury.

Thursday, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio backed up those thoughts. He said rookie Quinton Dial could be activated in time to play at Tennessee Sunday if Dorsey, who didn’t practice Wednesday, can’t play. Practice squad defensive tackle Mike Purcell is also an option.

Dial started practicing this week and the 49ers have until Nov. 5 to activate him from the physically unable to perform list. If Dial is taken off the PUP this week, there is no going back. The 49ers can’t put him back and they won’t cut the fifth-round pick. So, if he is activated this week, he is staying on the roster.

In other 49ers notes:
  • The 49ers have scored 30-plus points four times this season. Only Denver (six) has more 30-plus point games this season. The 49ers have scored 30-plus points in three straight games for first time in 10 years. That’s pretty impressive considering the lack of receiving weapons in San Francisco.
  • 49ers safety Donte Whitner chimes in on the Andrew Luck-Peyton Manning chatter this week.
  • Running back LaMichael James talks to CSN Bay Area about staying patient. He was a healthy scratch last week. Still, Harbaugh said James, a second-round pick last year, will have a role with the team.
  • What if Manning signed with the 49ers?
  • Fangio said this of team physician Dan Garza, who died this week unexpectedly: "He was an A+ doctor and a friend of everyone in the organization. Tremendous individual."
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Earlier Wednesday, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said it was possible the team will add to its thin defensive line this week in the form of a roster move.

After practice, it became evident why such a move could happen. Starting defensive linemen Justin Smith (shoulder), Ray McDonald (biceps) and Glenn Dorsey (hamstring) all did not practice.

Smith and McDonald are likely to play Sunday at Tennessee, although McDonald is still getting used to playing with his injury he suffered in Week 5. Dorsey’s hamstring injury is not expected to be too serious. But teams are always cautious with hamstring injuries because they can quickly get worse. It wouldn’t be a shock if Dorsey sits out this week. If that’s the case, Tony Jerod-Eddie would start.

A potential candidate to be added to the active roster would be Mike Purcell, who is on the 49ers’ practice squad.

Rookie Quinton Dial, who is practicing for the first time this week, is a long shot. He likely needs more time to practice before he is ready to play. Along with rookie defensive lineman Tank Carradine, cornerback Eric Wright and receiver Mario Manningham, the 49ers have until Nov. 5 to either activate or shelve Dial for the year.

Harbaugh said all four players are just starting the process of returning.

“The players are, our coaches are [working] to get them acclimated back into playing 11-on-11 football,” Harbaugh said.

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