Jim Harbaugh said Monday he patched things up with linebacker Ahmad Brooks, who took himself out of Sunday’s game against the Giants, and the 49ers coach expects Brooks to play in Sunday’s game against Washington.
“We’ve addressed it and had those conversations,” Harbaugh said. “Onward.”
Brooks started at right outside linebacker against the Giants. But he played only 12 snaps and none after the first quarter. Aldon Smith, coming off a nine-game suspension, entered the game on the right side and Brooks apparently took exception to splitting snaps with Smith and rookie Aaron Lynch.
Smith played 54 defensive snaps; Lynch led the team’s outside linebackers with 66 snaps.
Brooks, who became the hero of last week’s game when he jarred the ball from Saints quarterback Drew Brees in overtime, is due to count more than $9 million against the 49ers’ salary cap in coming seasons and was the subject of trade rumors last month.
Harbaugh would not say what he and Brooks, 30, discussed.
“Yeah, I can be specific,” Harbaugh said. “I can be very specific. It’s something I don’t want to share with you or share publicly.”
The 49ers also will get an influx of practice participants this week, particularly on defense.
The team activated nose tackle Glenn Dorsey off injured reserve, and Harbaugh said linebacker NaVorro Bowman will return to practice Tuesday.
That opens a 21-day window during which Bowman can practice but not count against the 53-man roster. The 49ers will use that period to evaluate the inside linebacker, who had surgery on torn ACL and MCL ligaments in his left knee in February.
Three other injured 49ers – draft picks Brandon Thomas, a guard, and Keith Reaser, a cornerback, and tight end Garrett Celek – will begin practicing this week. Harbaugh said Celek, who has been dealing with a back injury, is farther along than the rookies, who are coming off ACL injuries and will not play this season.
He said Bowman is somewhere in the middle.
“We’ll see where he falls and how much he can do,” Harbaugh said.
To make room for Dorsey, the 49ers placed Ian Williams on injured reserve, ending his season.
Williams began the year as the team’s starting nose tackle and played well. But he broke a bone in his left leg against the Saints last week. Williams suffered a fractured ankle in the same leg last year that also wiped out his season. The latest injury is not nearly as severe and Williams should recover in time for the start of the team’s offseason program.
Dorsey started 13 games last season, finishing with 100 tackles and two sacks. He suffered a torn biceps on Aug. 1, and the 49ers later placed him on injured reserve with a designation to return.
Second-year player Quinton Dial started at nose tackle Sunday against the Giants. New York, however, used three or more receivers most of the game and Dial only played 14 snaps.
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