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Darnell Dockett rib injury not long term, Tomsula says

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws as San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (90) and Tony Jerod-Eddie (63) pursue during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Denver.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws as San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Darnell Dockett (90) and Tony Jerod-Eddie (63) pursue during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Denver. AP

SANTA CLARA -- Defensive lineman Darnell Dockett suffered a rib injury in Saturday's game against the Broncos, but it is not expected to cause him to miss any playing time in the regular season.

Dockett, 34, posted an image of him receiving treatment to the right side of his rib cage on social media. He called it a "cracked rib," but on his weekly KNBR radio segment Jim Tomsula said there was no fracture and that it was related to the cartilage in the rib cage.

Tomsula said he asked Dockett if he might be out a couple of weeks. Dockett’s reaction, according to Tomsula: “Oh God no, God no. I’ll be back.”

The 12-year veteran played 12 snaps against the Broncos, mostly at left defensive tackle, and was credited with a pass defensed. He is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason finale but may have been held out anyway due to his veteran status.

The 49ers’ first game of the season is on Sept. 14. Dockett, who is expected to enter the game in the 49ers’ nickel defense, is coming back from a an ACL injury suffered last August when he was with the Cardinals. He did not play in 2014.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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