Ian Williams is back in the fold.
According to a report on the team’s website, the nose tackle has been activated from the physically unable to perform list. The nose tackle hasn’t played since Week 2 of the 2013 season when he sustained a serious ankle injury after getting cut blocked in the game against the Seattle Sea Hawks. The road to recovery for the 6’1″, 305 pound defensive lineman included four surgeries and countless hours of rehab.
For much of the the team’s training camp, Williams had been working on a a side field at the 49ers facility in Santa Clara with other players who are recovering from injuries.
During the 49ers offseason program, Williams explained how he managed to put a positive spin on his unfortunate injury.
“Things happen for a reason and you just have to get back up, and keep pushing on. When you get back up and keep fighting, it built adversity and made the game fun again.”
With Glenn Dorsey facing an indefinite stay on the sidelines, the return of Williams is crucial for the 49ers. The 24-year-old still has three weeks to try and get ready for San Francisco’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 7.