Glenn Dorsey’s season might not be over after all.
San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said there’s a chance that the nose tackle could still return later this season, pending the outcome of his surgery.
“I think that’s part of the possibility,” said Fangio during a press conference on Sunday. “I think we’ll know more after that happens, what the prognosis or length of time might be.”
Dorsey tore his left bicep on Friday evening during the 49ers practice on what appeared to be an innocuous play.
“Obviously, disappointed that it happened. It was kind of a freaky thing. He was just planting a block, came off and at some point in there he hurt his arm.”
On the day of the injury, head coach Jim Harbaugh had praised Dorsey during a press conference. Fangio has also been impressed with what he’s seen.
“Obviously very disappointed for Glenn personally—he was in great shape. He played great for us last year, got better and better for us as the season went on and was looking even better this year. “
One player who could eventually step in for the 29-year-old is Ian Williams, who is currently working his way back from a broken fibula and severe ligament damage he suffered last season in Week 2. According to Fangio, Williams is making “steady progress” but had a “little setback” in the offseason, which has delayed his rehab. During training camp. Williams has been working out on a side field with other injured players.
When asked if the 24-year-old would be ready for the start of the regular season, Fangio wouldn’t provide a definitive answer.
“I haven’t decided that yet.”
Fangio also mentioned Mike Purcell, Tony Jerrod-Eddie and Quinton Dial as players who could replace Dorsey on the defensive line.