Bowman to have doctor's visit Friday

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who won't practice this week, is slated to visit the doctor this Friday to see if his knee is recovered enough to begin practicing in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio appears bearish on the idea of nose tackle Glenn Dorsey playing Sunday against Washington.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Linebacker NaVorro Bowman will not practice this week, and has a doctor's appointment Friday to evaluate his left knee.

Bowman's 21-day practice window was opened Tuesday and the 49ers have until Dec. 9 to add him to the active roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

"He’ll get more feedback (Friday)," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. "He’s certainly working his butt off to try to get back. It will take couple weeks of practice before we would throw him out there in a game."

ESPN reported last week Bowman was still feeling soreness in the knee. Asked if that was the case, Fangio said, "I don’t think so. And again, he hadn’t told me that. I hadn’t specifically asked him that. But he is only 10 months, I believe, less than that, exactly, from the date of the operation."

Bowman sustained a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee in January's conference title game.

Dorsey misses practice, rehab stalls

Fangio said nose tackle Glenn Dorsey is healthy enough to play, but hasn't still has to show him something on the practice field.

"I think Glenn’s at a point where he’s kind of stuck," said Fangio. "I don’t think he’s taken any steps backwards. Nothing negative has happened. Just hadn’t taken that next step yet to where he can cut it loose."

Dorsey was added to the roster a day after the team's 16-10 win over the New York Giants, but before his 21-day practice window was set to close after being given the injured reserve return designation. Dorsey sustained a biceps tear early in training camp.

"I think it’s kind of where it was last week at this time. Medically, he’s heathy enough to play. He doesn’t have that little extra oomph, that final oomph that you need to go out there and play, he doesn’t feel. Until he gets that, we won’t play him."

Dorsey did not practice Thursday after being a limited participant Wednesday, which could be a sign he will remain inactive for Sunday's game against Washington.

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