Glenn Dorsey Injury: Updates on 49ers DT's Bicep and Return

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2014

USA Today

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3

Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun provides an update on Glenn Dorsey's status:


Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2

The 49ers confirmed Glenn Dorsey's status going into Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys:


Updates from Friday, Aug. 22

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area has the latest on Dorsey:

Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, who sustained a torn biceps three weeks ago, is now expected to be available to help the 49ers late in the season.

Coach Jim Harbaugh on Friday said the 49ers expect a 3 ½-month timetable for Dorsey, who underwent surgery on Aug. 4. Such a timetable would make Dorsey available in late-November or early-December.


“When they got in there, they felt like it could not have gone better,” Harbaugh said. “There was no frayed . . . it was a real good surgery. That was the talk going in, would he be back in 3 ½ months? Would it be four? Would it be longer?

“All indications I’ve gotten, it looks like a 3 ½ month.”


Ian Rapoport of has more:

Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco provides an update on Glenn Dorsey's injury:

Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey underwent surgery on Monday to repair a torn biceps, but the 49ers have not yet made a determination on his timetable for return, a source told


After Sept. 2, teams are permitted to place one player on injured reserve as “designated for return.” Any player placed on the list must miss at least eight weeks of the regular season. Because Dorsey’s biceps tear was considered “clean,” it increases his chances of being able to make a late-season contribution, according to a source.

Original Text:

A rough training camp for the San Francisco 49ers got even worse when it was announced that defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey left practice Friday with an arm injury.  

It turns out the injury was a worst-case scenario for Dorsey and the 49ers, as ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the 29-year-old will miss the 2014 season with a torn bicep:

Schefter also talks about a possible next step and timetable:

Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee quickly reported that it is not certain Dorsey will miss the entire season:

Barrows noted Friday that Dorsey left the practice field after suffering an injury to his left arm, leaving the 49ers with just one true nose tackle in camp, as Ian Williams is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered last season. 

Williams posted a statement on Twitter following the news:

CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman also weighed in:

The 49ers are in rough shape right now. They lost depth at running back when Kendall Hunter tore his ACL and LaMichael James dislocated his elbow, an injury that is expected to keep him out for one month.

However, while the 49ers can absorb injuries at running back, with Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore also in the fold, losing Dorsey is a significant blow.

After being picked No. 5 overall in the 2008 draft, he was considered a bust in Kansas City. The 49ers gave Dorsey new life last year when he took over as the starting nose tackle after Williams went down. He tied a career high with two sacks and provided an anchor in the middle to create opportunities for defensive end Justin Smith and outside linebackers Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks. 

Prior to the injury, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh commented on Dorsey's impact on the organization, courtesy of NBC ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio:

It’s been A-plus, plus. What a great thing having him last year. Fit in so seamlessly with that group of talented defensive lineman. Was a great contributor, a starter for us. Known friend and trusted agent. Just thank him for being good, thank him for being who he is and how he goes about his job. He’s a team guy all the way.

Barrows noted that Mike Purcell filled in for Dorsey and that "Quinton Dial and Tony Jerod-Eddie also could play nose tackle if called upon."

Dorsey's injury also opens the door for Tank Carradine, a second-round pick in 2013 who missed the year recovering from an ACL injury suffered at Florida State, to get more playing time this season. 

It hasn't been a quiet offseason in San Francisco for various reasons, but now things are really starting to pile up on Harbaugh's bunch, and his depth will be tested. 


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