The worst case scenario for the San Francisco 49ers was confirmed Saturday as starting nose tackle Glenn Dorsey will likely be out for the season according to NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Dorsey suffered a left arm injury during Fridays practice and did not return to the field. The severity of the injury was unknown at the time, but was diagnosed with a torn left bicep earlier today.
Dorsey is entering the final year of his two-year contract with San Francisco after spending the first five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs selected Dorsey with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 draft out of LSU. During his first season with the Niners, Dorsey developed into a stout run defender as he was shoved into the starting nose tackle position following the week two season ending injury to defensive lineman Ian Williams.
Dorsey played in every game last season, starting 13 of them, with two playoff starts as well. The seventh-year pro accumulated 41 tackles and two sacks, while also allowing very little room to run in the middle of the field for opposing running backs during the regular season.
According to CSN's Matt Miaocco, after the injury to Dorsey, and with Williams still on the physically-unable-to-perfom list due to a broken left fibula, the only healthy defensive lineman on the Niners 90-man roster are: Tony Jerod-Eddie, Tank Carradine, Quinton Dial, Mike Purcell and Lawrence Okoye.
ESPN's Bill Williamson reports that Dial, last year's fifth-round pick out of Alabama, has looked impressive in camp and expects the second-year pro to receive a bulk of the snaps.
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