Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, who was taken off injured reserve earlier this week, won’t play on Sunday because his surgically repaired arm is not at full strength. Dorsey received a second opinion on the arm -- a biceps tear where the muscle connects to the forearm -- and he said the upshot was no different than it has been: He needs time to recover.
“No, I don’t have any doubts,” Dorsey said when asked if he was worried he might not play this season. “I just it one day at a time.”
Dorsey practiced Wednesday but not Thursday and Friday. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said the nose tackle was lacking “oomph” in the arm and that his recovery from the injury had stalled.
Dorsey suffered the tear Aug. 1 and had surgery that month. The 49ers placed him on injured reserve with a designation to return. That return occurred earlier this week, and the team sent another nose tackle, Ian Williams (leg), to injured reserve to make room for Dorsey on the roster.
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Dorsey’s absence means that Quinton Dial will get his second straight start Sunday, this time against a Washington team that likes to run the ball.
In other injury news, one of the 49ers’ star linebackers, Patrick Willis, announced he had successful surgery on his left big toe. The injury caused Willis to go on injured reserve, ending his season. Willis’ fellow inside linebacker, NaVorro Bowman, will meet with Dr. James Andrews today. Andrews performed surgery on Bowman in February.
The meeting presumably will determine Bowman’s next course of action and whether he will return to the field this season.
49ers injury report
Out: T Anthony Davis (concussion), NT Glenn Dorsey (forearm)
Questionable: CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), TE Vance McDonald (hip), LB Dan Skuta (ankle)
Probable: LB Chris Borland (shoulder), WR Brandon Lloyd (quadricep), DE Justin Smith (not injury related)
Out: DE Chris Baker (chest), TE Jordan Reed (hamstring)
Questionable: G Shawn Lauvao (concussion), T Trent Williams (knee, ankle)
Probable: LB Trent Murphy (knee)
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