SANTA CLARA, Calif. - As expected, injured 49ers are beginning to trickle back to the practice field following last week's bye.
The team announced Monday nose tackle Glenn Dorsey will open his 21-day window after being given the injured reserve return designation, allowing him to return to practice for the first time suffering a torn biceps tendon Aug. 1.
Running back Marcus Lattimore, who hasn't practice since the team's offseason program, will return to the practice field Wednesday, according to head coach Jim Harbaugh.
The 49ers are choosing Wednesday for Lattimore's return because it will allow the team to decide whether or not to add him to the 53-man roster in the middle of the week, instead of on a game day. The last day of his window would be Nov. 18, the Tuesday before the team takes on Washington.
"I’m excited to watch him out there playing football again," Harbaugh said. "We saw some of it in the offseason, but I think he’s further ahead from where he was two, three, four months ago and excited to see that progress on the field. I’m looking forward to it."
The 49ers have just two running backs on the 53-man roster. The only other back under team control Kendall Gaskins, who is on the practice squad, meaning they are light on insurance for Frank Gore and Carlos Hyde.
Dorsey returns to a crowded defensive line that has played well. Ian Williams, whom Dorsey replaced last season after he went down with a broken ankle in Week 2, has stood out after having four procedures on his ankle in the offseason. With the trade deadline looming Tuesday, the 49ers could trade away some of their depth along the defensive line to make way for the influx of players returning.
However, Harbaugh said "I don't expect anything to happen" on the trade front, with the deadline coming Tuesday at 1 P.M. The 49ers have second-year players Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial behind reserves Tony Jerod-Eddie and Demarcus Dobbs, who might garner a late-round pick in a trade. Both are free agents at the end of the season.
The 49ers currently have an open roster spot after center Daniel Kilgore (broken lower leg) and Chris Cook (hamstring) were placed on injured reserve over the weekend. Special teamer Bubba Ventrone was added back to the roster.
With Dorsey's window opening Monday, it likely won't take long for him to be placed on the active roster. Sunday's game against the Rams seems unlikely, but he could return at some point over the following two weeks when San Francisco plays the Saints and Giants.
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