San Francisco 49ers: Glenn Dorsey

While San Francisco inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman enters the third week of his 21-day evaluation, he is not expected to practice any time soon.

“I think we’re looking at another week of rehab,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday in his weekly media conference.

Bowman is recuperating from tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee in the NFC title game on Jan. 19. The Niners have until next Tuesday to decide whether to activate the All-Pro to the 53-man roster or place him on season-ending reserve.

Harbaugh also said nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, who was activated to the 53-man rister on Nov. 17 but has yet to be activated for a game after tearing his left biceps in training camp, would not practice for “another week” while receiver Michael Crabtree was “working through some things.”

Crabtree injured a knee and his ribs on the second play of Thursday night’s 19-3 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, though he returned to the game and caught three passes for 10 yards.
The San Francisco 49ers on Monday added nose tackle Glenn Dorsey to the 53-man roster from the short-term injured reserve list, three weeks after he began practicing following his biceps injury suffered in training camp.

In the corresponding roster move, the Niners placed nose tackle Ian Williams on season-ending IR with his left fibula injury suffered Nov. 9 at New Orleans.

A year ago, Williams was lost for the year in the season's second game with a broken ankle and Dorsey started the season's final 13 regular-season games and three playoff games. Dorsey, the Kansas City Chiefs' No. 5 overall pick in the 2008 draft, had 41 tackles last season with two sacks.

Williams, meanwhile, started eight of the nine games in which he appeared this season with career highs in tackles (41), sacks (one) and passes defensed (one).

Coach Jim Harbaugh also said the 49ers would open linebacker NaVorro Bowman's 21-day window Tuesday for practicing with the team. Bowman is still recuperating from a devastating left knee injury suffered in last January's NFC title game at Seattle.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- As expected, the San Francisco 49ers brought back special teams ace Kassim Osgood on Tuesday, the team announcing he was signed to a new one-year contract after he was cut on Saturday.

And in the corresponding roster move, the 49ers placed nose tackle Glenn Dorsey on the injured reserve/designated to return list as he continues to rehab from surgery to repair a torn left biceps suffered in early August. He cannot play in a game until after Week 8.

Osgood, meanwhile, had an inkling he would return to the Niners.

“I knew it was always a possibility,” he said. “Again, being able to work within the rules of the league, and being able to keep people that want to be here but let them go with the possibility of bringing them back is always on the horizon. I knew there was the potential for it to happen so it wasn’t a big deal for me.”

Besides, it happened last season, when the three-time Pro Bowl special teamer was released on Aug. 31 but re-signed 11 days later.

Osgood, 34, said other teams showed interest over the holiday weekend.

“But I wanted to stay here in San Francisco,” he said. “It’s a better fit for me.”
SANTA CLARA, Calif -- The San Francisco 49ers are holding out hope that nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, who underwent surgery to repair a torn left biceps on Aug. 4, will return this season.

In fact, while the injury was initially feared season-ending, Dorsey could be a candidate for the Injured Reserve/Designated To Return list, which would mean he would have to sit out the 49ers’ first eight games.

“When [the doctors] got in there, they felt like it could not have gone better,” coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday. “There was no frayed [tissue]. It was good. It was a real good surgery.

“So that was the talk going in: Would he be back in 3 months? Would it be four? Would it be longer? And all indications that I’ve gotten, it looks like a 3 -month [recovery].”

Dorsey was awarded this week with a two-year extension through 2016 worth nearly $11 million.

If Dorsey’s timetable for recovery is indeed 3 months, that brings him back in late November. So as long as the 49ers don’t want to use the IR/Designated to Return label on someone else, Dorsey would be the one to wear that tag and not count against the 53-man roster.

“We’d like it to happen, yeah we would,” Harbaugh said. “As an orginzation, we’d like to see that happen.”

Mike Purcell has started at nose tackle in each of the 49ers’ first two exhibition games.
Examining the San Francisco 49ers' roster:


Because of heavy competition elsewhere, the 49ers will likely only carry two quarterbacks. They finished last season that way. The competition will be to see if undrafted rookie Kory Faulkner can take McLeod Bethel-Thompson's spot on the practice squad.


The fact that the 49ers drafted Hyde in the second round and Lattimore is healthy means some tough decisions will have to be made. Hunter is too valuable to let go. That means 2012 second-round pick LaMichael James will have difficulty making the roster.


The 49ers are so much deeper here this year than last. That means they will likely have to keep six receivers. Lloyd may look good and Patton has too much potential to give up on. That means it could be tough for Kassim Osgood to make it even though he is a special teams cog.


If Davis ends his holdout, I can't see the 49ers keeping more than three tight ends because of the glut at receiver. Unless Garrett Celek has a big camp, he may be in trouble. Carrier intrigues the 49ers because of his size and speed.


Assuming Boone ends his holdout, this is a pretty nice group of eight players. It's improved from last year. A solid veteran like Adam Snyder and a promising youngster like Ryan Seymour will have trouble making the team.


This is another power spot. It's deep. Players like Jerod-Eddie and Dial are too valuable to cut. Ramsey has looked good and I have a hunch the 49ers may like him too much to expose him to the waiver wire. That means Demarcus Dobbs could be in trouble.


Most teams carry six linebackers but the 49ers are stacked here, especially with NaVorro Bowman out for about half the season. Because fifth-round pick Lynch is promising he should make the roster. Dan Skuta is an excellent player, but there might not be any room for him. I could see him being one of those later-summer Trent Baalke trade specials because he has value.


This unit is in flux, but I see Johnson making it. Don't be surprised if there is some in-camp jockeying as the 49ers look for the best mix.


Ward, the 49ers' first-round pick, will play nickel cornerback as a rookie, but projects long term as a safety. Ventrone and Spillman should stick because they are great on special teams. Craig Dahl could be in trouble.


This group is set and it's excellent.

49ers salary-cap update

June, 9, 2014
Days after picking up more than $6 million in salary-cap room when Carlos Rogers was officially off the books following his release, the San Francisco 49ers extended the contract of quarterback Colin Kaepernick through the 2020 season.

Now, with the Kaepernick deal on the books for the 2014 season, the 49ers still have some cap wiggle room. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the 49ers have $6.422 million remaining in salary-cap room. The 49ers have signed their entire 12-player draft class.

Teams like to keep about $5 million in-season for an emergency reserve. But the 49ers also could potentially extend the deal of another veteran.

Receiver Michael Crabtree, guard Mike Iupati and defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey are among the players entering the final year of their contracts. Tight end Vernon Davis and guard Alex Boone have not participated in the voluntary portion of the offseason; the team's mandatory minicamp is next week.

Davis told last week he "should" be at the minicamp. Boone, however, is expected to stay away unless he gets a new deal.


49ers rankings: 16-20

February, 13, 2014
We are taking a look at the top 60 players in the San Francisco 49ers' program and will rank them from 1-60. We are going to take a look in a 12-part series, moving upward. The ranking considerations are based on 2013 production, future projections, age, and contract status:

16. Safety Donte Whitner: Whitner is a solid player. He had a good season in coverage and he is an enforcer. He is a free agent and he could command a big deal elsewhere. I know the 49ers have other long-term needs, but keeping Whitner is vital.

17. Defensive lineman Ray McDonald: If he played on a less star-studded defense, he might be a standout player. But he is a perfect fit for this unit and is simply solid.

18. Cornerback Tramaine Brock: No player improved as much as Brock did in 2013. He went from a special team player to the 49ers’ best cornerback. He was rewarded with a four-year contract and his future is bright.

19. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey: He was a great free-agent addition, is a terrific fit for this defense, and a strong part of the rotation.

20. fullback Bruce Miller: The run game missed him when he was lost for the season with a broken scapula in December. The 49ers will welcome this unique player back with open arms.

49ers' 2013 breakout stars

February, 10, 2014
The San Francisco 49ers saw some players take the next step in their careers in 2013. Let's look at the top three players who enjoyed breakout seasons:

1. Tramaine Brock: Brock had a stunning ascent in 2013. He went from being a special teamer in training camp to finishing the season as the 49ers' top cornerback. It earned him a four-year contract extension. He has a place as a starter for the long term.

2. Glenn Dorsey: This worked out great for the 49ers. The nose tackle blossomed in his first season in San Francisco after signing a two-year deal. Dorsey was the No. 5 overall pick in 2008 by Kansas City. He was just average with the Chiefs before having a standout season with the 49ers.

3. Tony Jerod-Eddie: This is an interesting player. He spent most of the 2012 season on the practice squad. Yet he quickly developed and become a key part of the defensive line, helping keep veterans Justin Smith and Ray McDonald fresh.

49ers' veteran free-agent review

January, 31, 2014
The San Francisco 49ers had good success in veteran free agency in 2013. Let's take a look back at the impact the veteran acquisitions made in alphabetical order

Nnamdi Asomugha: This one didn't work out. Asomugha had nothing left and the 49ers cut him during the season. He didn't cost much, so it was not a major issue.

Craig Dahl: A backup and a special teamer. Solid addition.

Phil Dawson: He was a difference maker. He made 32 of 36 field goal attempts and he made 27 in a row. He was clutch all season. The team wants him back after he signed a one-year deal last year.

Glenn Dorsey: Another really fine addition. Dorsey, the No. 5 overall draft pick in 2008, came alive in San Francisco. His coaches raved about him as he stood out at nose tackle after Ian Williams was lost for season in Week 2.

Colt McCoy: He was the perfect backup quarterback -- he never played when it counted. I think the 49ers would like to upgrade from him moving forward, though.

Kassim Osgood: A fine special teamer. A key part of the team.

Dan Skuta: He was a valuable role player. He played outside linebacker when Aldon Smith missed five games to seek treatment for substance abuse. Skuta was also a key special teamer.

Adam Snyder: A role player who has been in the 49ers' system in the past. He played in five games when left guard Mike Iupati was injured.

Bubba Ventrone: Just like Osgood. A big reason why the special teams improved so greatly.

Eric Wright: The 49ers had high hopes for him, but he finished the season inactive. He is a free agent. It is far from a sure thing that he returns.
Let’s wrap up the San Francisco 49ers' season that saw the team make it to the NFC Championship Game by giving some awards:

MVP: Linebacker NaVorro Bowman. He was dominant all season long. The inside linebacker took over nearly every game he played in. He was the engine of a strong defense. Obviously, the season ended sadly for Bowman. He suffered a major knee injury in the fourth quarter of the NFC title game. Of course, Bowman was hurt by making an outstanding play.

Offensive player of the year: Receiver Anquan Boldin. Acquired in a trade with Baltimore last March, Boldin has the key to the offense. He saved the offense when Michael Crabtree was out for the first 11 games of the season. Boldin continued to dominate when Crabtree came back. He came up with one important catch after another and had one of his best NFL seasons at the age of 33.

Defensive player of the year: Linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Bowman was the team’s best player, but Brooks wasn't far behind. He was a force both as a pass-rusher and as a run-stopper. A superb edge defender.

Rookie of the year: Safety Eric Reid. The first-round pick made the Pro Bowl after a season in which he showed he belonged from the first game. What sticks out about Reid was he looked like a five-year pro. The 49ers deserve credit for moving up from No. 31 to No. 18 to nab Reid.

Assistant coach of the year: Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. What a supreme coach. His unit is top notch and a big reason is because it is so prepared. Fangio’s unit is always ready, no matter the challenge.

Play of the year: It has to be Bowman’s 89-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final minutes to seal a win over Atlanta. Not only was that a tremendous play, which was set up by a deflected pass by cornerback Tramaine Brock, but it had enormous ramifications. The win clinched a playoff spot for the 49ers and it was the final game at Candlestick Park. What a way to send it out. No one in attendance will ever forget it.

Game of the year: The wild-card playoffs win at Green Bay. The game was played in temperatures that were around zero. The 49ers won the game as the clock expired on a Phil Dawson field goal. It was a total gut-check win.

Top newcomer: Maybe we should call this the defensive newcomer. Because we already recognized Boldin, we are going with defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. He was considered a bust after being the No. 5 overall pick by Kansas City in 2008. He was just OK with the Chiefs. But he came to San Francisco and flourished under Fangio and fit in with his defensive line mates.

Comeback player of the year: Crabtree tore his Achilles in May, but the 49ers' offense was instantly improved when he returned in December. He showed what a valuable member of the unit he is.

Most improved player: Brock. He went from being a special-teamer in August to finishing the season as the 49ers’ No.1 cornerback. He took advantage of injuries and answered every challenge. It earned him a four-year, $16 million contract extension.

Specialist of the year: Dawson. In his first season with the 49ers, Dawson was clutch and made countless big kicks. He was 32-of-36 on field goal attempts and he made 27 straight attempts at one point. He was part of a much improved special-teams unit.

Arrow indicates direction team is trending.

Final Power Ranking: 4
Preseason Power Ranking: 2

Biggest surprise: The impact that Michael Crabtree's injury and then his return had on the team. When Crabtree suffered a torn Achilles in May, the 49ers knew it would affect their offense. But his absence was felt dramatically during the 11 games he was out. The 49ers had essentially nothing behind receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis in the passing game. However, when he returned Dec. 1, the 49ers were instantly a better, more varied, dangerous offense. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was more confident. The difference was stark.

Biggest disappointment: The loss at New Orleans on Nov. 17. The 49ers appeared to have sealed the game when linebacker Ahmad Brooks sacked and forced New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees to fumble late. But Brooks was called for a questionable personal foul. The Saints rallied to win. It was a major storyline in the NFL that week. Had the 49ers won, they would have finished 13-3, won a tiebreaker over Seattle in the NFC West and would not have had to play at Seattle in the playoffs.

Biggest need: The 49ers are deep. They don't have many holes. But they can use another young receiver. Boldin is 33 and a free agent. Fourth-round pick Quinton Patton looks promising, but San Francisco will likely take a speed receiver early in the draft. Expect the team to take a cornerback fairly early as well. The 49ers need to develop a young player there.

Team MVP: Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman. The 25-year-old had an amazing season. He is an NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate. He was dominant in virtually every game. He is a special playmaker. It was a sad sight seeing him being carted off in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss at Seattle with a major knee injury. Bowman is expected back next season. The 49ers need him.

LONDON -- The San Francisco 49ers are healthy going into Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.

The four players who did not practice Wednesday -- defensive linemen Justin Smith (shoulder), Ray McDonald (biceps), Glenn Dorsey (hamstring) and receiver Jon Baldwin (illness) -- all worked on a limited basis Thursday. Barring setbacks they should all be ready to play Sunday.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Smith may not practice every day for the season of the season. The 34-year-old will likely be rested on Wednesdays, which has been the case for the past several weeks.

“I don’t know that it’ll ever practice full practice when you get a guy that’s 34 years old, although he’s in tremendous shape and not like your normal 34-year-old,” Fangio said of Smith. “You take care of them during the week so they can be at their best on Sunday. So, I don’t think he’ll ever have a full-practice regimen say like Quinton Dial would, or even some of the other guys. And I don’t have much concern there. Justin knows his body better than anybody. And I really don’t concern myself with it too much.”

As far as McDonald goes, Fangio said he thinks McDonald played much better with the bicep injury against Tennessee than he did against Arizona. That was his first game since partially tearing the bicep against Houston.

49ers enjoy good health in London

October, 23, 2013
LONDON – The San Francisco 49ers began their practice week at the tony resort, The Grove, in the English countryside a bit out of London on Wednesday.

The 49ers, on a four-game winning streak headed into a game against winless Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, were in fairly solid health on the practice field. Starting safeties, Donte Whitner and Eric Reid, were practicing. That will be key for the 49ers.

Whitner, who left the win at Tennessee on Sunday with a knee injury, practiced fully. Reid, the team’s first-round pick, wasn’t even on the injury report. He left the game Sunday with an ankle injury, but he did return.

Four players – defensive lineman Justin Smith (shoulder), Ray McDonald (biceps) and Glenn Dorsey (hamstring) and receiver Jon Baldwin (illness) – didn’t practice. But, barring setbacks, all four should play Sunday.

Glenn Dorsey is active

October, 20, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In a mild surprise, San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey is active and he will start Sunday at Tennessee.

Dorsey missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. He was listed as questionable on the injury report. Dorsey injured his right hamstring in the first quarter of last Sunday’s win over Arizona.

Rookie Quinton Dial, activated from the physically unable to perform list Saturday, is active.

Running back LaMichael James is inactive again. He was a healthy scratch last week as well. During the week, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh said James would have a role on the team this season.

Receiver Jon Baldwin is active. He was ill during the week and was listed as questionable.

49ers activate Quinton Dial

October, 19, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The San Francisco 49ers have activated rookie defensive tackle Quinton Dial from the physically unable to perform list.

The fifth-round pick from Alabama is active after just three days of practice. He will likely be active Sunday because the 49ers are thin at nose tackle because Glenn Dorsey is dealing with a hamstring injury. Tony Jerod-Eddie will likely start. The other option was promoting Mike Purcell from the practice squad, but Dial is a more skilled player.

Receiver Chris Harper was cut on Thursday to make room on the 53-man roster for this move. Harper was claimed by Green Bay on Friday. The 49ers had interest in putting Harper on the practice squad.

Here is a post I did Friday on what to expect from Dial.