The San Francisco 49ers were dealt a blow to their defense Saturday as defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey will reportedly miss the entire 2014 NFL season due to a torn bicep muscle. Dorsey left practice Friday after injuring his left arm. Unfortunately, this was also his birthday.
— #49ersCamp (@49ers) August 1, 2014
According to sources with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, Dorsey’s torn biceps injury will force the defensive tackle to miss the entire season following surgery on Monday.
49ers DT Glenn Dorsey is out for the year with a torn bicep, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2014
49ers DT Glenn Dorsey scheduled to undergo surgery Monday for a torn biceps injury expected to end his season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 2, 2014
However, San Francisco Bee writer Matt Barrows and San Francisco Chronicle writer Eric Branch both contradicted Schefter’s report and say it is yet to be determined if Dorsey will miss the entire season.
Different league source confirms Dorsey’s injury but says it hasn’t been determined whether he’s out for year or not… — Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 2, 2014
Source: Premature to say Glenn Dorsey out for season; team will assess injury and make determination after likely surgery. #49ers
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) August 2, 2014
With Dorsey out, the 49ers may turn to former Alabama player Quinton Dial to anchor the defense line at the nose tackle position, unless another player is added to the team through free agency or a trade. Dial was drafted in the fifth round last year, but recorded only a single tackle during the 2013 season.
Dorsey was pressed into the starting job during the second week of the 2013 season after starter Ian Williams broke his left ankle and missed the rest of the season. Williams has not participated in practice yet this preseason, but the 49ers are hopeful that he will play this season. The 29-year old Dorsey proved to be an anchor to the 49ers defense and record two sacks, 28 tackles, and 13 assists, according to NFL stats. He also started in all three 49ers playoff games but did not record a tackle.
Teammates and other players from around the NFL sent prayers and best wishes out to the injured Dorsey.
— Ian Williams (@IWilliams95) August 2, 2014
Praying for you @GlennDorsey72! Get well soon homie…
— DonteHitner (@DonteWhitner) August 2, 2014
How much will Dorsey’s absence affect the 49ers’ chances to reach the NFC Championship again? Sound off in the comments.
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