49ers D-line health update

August, 12, 2014
The San Francisco 49ers finished last week’s preseason opener with just four healthy defensive linemen. However, they seem to be getting healthier. Here is an updated player-by-player look at the health report:

Justin Smith: The 49ers' starter, who hasn't practiced in training camp, is returning from offseason shoulder injury. He should be coming back soon. His absence is not a major concern. Smith, who turns 35 next month, will be ready for the season.

Ray McDonald: This starter has rested a lot in training camp as well, but, like Smith, he could be coming back soon. Expect him to be fine once the regular-season lights come on.

Glenn Dorsey: The starting nose tackle had surgery this week for a torn bicep. He will be out for a major chunk of the season -- if not the entire season.

Tank Carradine: His first NFL action Thursday night saw him play 60 snaps because all of the injuries to other players. Carradine had a nice night with eight tackles and a sack. He missed his rookie season with a torn ACL. Carradine looks good, as expected.

Quinton Dial: This second-year player has been a monster. Like Carradine, he played nearly the entire game because of injuries. He had 10 tackles and two forced fumbles. He could have a major role.

Tony Jerod-Eddie: He was one of the few healthy veterans after the game and is a fine rotational player.

Demarcus Dobbs: Dobbs suffered an ankle sprain Thursday night, but he practiced this weekend. He looks fine.

Ian Williams: He was taken off the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday and that will be a great help for the 49ers. Barring a setback, he could be ready for Week 1. He began last season as the starting nose tackle. But he suffered a severe broken leg in Week 2 at Seattle that required four surgeries.

Kaleb Ramsey: The seventh-round pick has been dealing with an undisclosed injury all camp. He was good in the offseason and has a future, but it is not known when he will be able to play.

Lawrence Okoye: The raw athletic Okoye suffered a foot/ankle injury Thursday. The X-rays were negative, but he was in obvious pain after the game. He may need some time to heal, which could cost him a chance at making the 53-man roster. He could be practice-squad bound.

Mike Purcell: The young nose tackle played a lot Thursday night. He was pushed around some, but he had a nice camp and should get more playing time to try to prove himself.

Will Tukuafu: The former defensive lineman is now a fullback, but he had to play on the defensive line for four plays Thursday in an emergency. That could continue for a bit.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter



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