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The San Francisco 49ers Get Big News from the Front Line

August 19th, 2014 at 10:08 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

On Tuesday the San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey to a two-year extension that runs through the 2016 season.

Dorsey is scheduled to make $2.65 million this season, but suffered a torn bicep early in training camp. Initially, the injury was believed to have sidelined the big 297 pounder for the remainder of the year, however, the Niners still have hopes that he can return in the latter part of the season.

According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, "Glenn Dorsey needs one more MRI to see how his torn bicep is healing before (the) Niners decide if he can return."

If the 49ers decide its worth seeing if Dorsey can return, they can use the injured-reserve/designated-for-return-tag, instead of placing him strictly on IR and opening up a roster spot. With the "return" designation, Dorsey would be required to miss at least eight games, regardless if he is healthy or not.

Complete details of the deal have not been released by the Niners, however with Dorsey injured, SF appears to have ensured themselves a nose tackle on the cheap. The former LSU Tiger appeared destined for free-agency after this year, as Dorsey is in the final year of his current two-year contract he signed before the 2013 season. While the duration of Dorsey's injury is a tad uncertain, the Niners evidently appear quite confident that last year's primary nose tackle will make a full recovery since the injury itself appears to be a clean tear with no additional concerns.

In his first ever season with the Niners, Dorsey impressed the coaching staff with his stellar "run stuffing D" and accumulated 41 tackles and two sacks.

Tuesday also produced news on the opposite side of the line. Right tackle Anthony Davis practiced for the first time all year as he has been recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. Davis stated that he sustained the initial injury during last season's week three matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Third-year pro Jonathan Martin has filled in at Davis' tackle spot during training camp.

Davis, a fifth-year pro out of Rutgers, has started every game of his career since being drafted with the 11th overall pick in 2010 by the Niners. According to CSN's Matt Miaocco, Davis did not participate in team drills, only individual drills without pads. Davis is not expected to play in Sunday's matchup with the San Diego Chargers and it has not been specified if he will play in the preseason finale against the Houston Texans on August 28th. Although, the Niners anticipate Davis starting the regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 7th.

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