SANTA CLARA -- Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey is “stuck” in his recovery from a torn biceps, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Thursday, and it doesn't appear as if he will play Sunday against Washington.
The 49ers moved Dorsey from injured reserve to the 53-man roster earlier this week. He was listed as limited in Wednesday's practice but did not take part in Thursday's session.
“I don't think he's taking any steps backwards,” Fangio said. “Nothing negative has happened. Just hasn't taken that next step yet to where he can go out there and cut it loose yet.”
With both Dorsey and Ian Williams (leg) unavailable last week, Quinton Dial started at nose tackle against the Giants and played well. But the Giants leaned heavily on their passing game during the contest and Dial played only 14 snaps.
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Sunday's opponent promises to provide him with a bigger test and more playing time. Washington running back Alfred Morris ranks seventh in the NFL with 172 attempts. Washington ranks 16th in rushing offense.
“He did well in there,” Fangio said of Dial's play against the Giants. “He played ok against the Saints, too. You guys saw those runs that gained some yards against us up the middle against the Saints. That was more inside linebacker issues than Quinton issues.”
Fangio said Dorsey was about where he was at this point last week.
“He's medically healthy enough to play,” he said. “He doesn't have that extra oomph, that final oomph that he needs to go out there and play. Until he gets that, we won't play him.”
Rotation at linebacker -- Fangio said he plans on rotating three players at the outside linebacker spots and that a fourth, Dan Skuta, could enter the mix if he is recovered from an ankle injury.
Fangio said he didn’t expect any more tirades from Ahmad Brooks, who was unhappy with the playing time allotment Sunday and was benched as a result.
“Ahmad’s disappointed in the way he reacted,” Fangio said. “He knew going into the game what was going to happen. He had a bad reaction there at the end of the first half, it carried over into halftime.
“We came back out at halftime and didn’t think he was in the right frame of mind, so I told the coaches, ‘Don’t put him in.’” Fangio continued. “That was that. Ever since then, Ahmad has owned up to that mistake, and, to me, it’s a dead issue.”
Bowman update -- Linebacker NaVorro Bowman will meet with doctors on Friday and get more feedback on his knee. Bowman is eligible to practice this week but isn't doing so. Instead he continues to work on his previous rehabilitation routine.
“He's certainly working his butt off trying to get back,” Fangio said. “It'll take a couple of weeks of practice before we would throw him out in a game. He's in a totally different situation than Aldon (Smith) was. He's coming back from inactivity and an injury.”
Smith played 54 snaps in his first game back from a nine-game suspension.
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