SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey's season debut will have to wait.
After being added to the active roster this week from injured reserve, his injured left arm is not fully recovered to the point where he can play. He didn't suffer a set back, he said, but hopes to return to the field quickly.
“I don’t think it’s long-term – just got to take it day-by-day and keep rehabbing and getting better and better. And when it’s time to go, it’s time to go,” Dorsey told reporters.
Dorsey sustained a torn biceps tendon early on in training camp. It required surgery and he was given the injured reserve return designation. The 49ers lost Ian Williams to a broken fibula in the win over New Orleans Nov. 9 and have used second-year player Quinton Dial at nose tackle, despite not having the prototypical build for the position. Dial is 6'3", while traditional nose tackles are closer to 6'0".
Dial spent the majority of his young career playing defensive end in the 49ers' 3-4 scheme, but has played well over the last two weeks.
"He did a nice job when he was in there," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said about Dial's play Sunday. "And he played OK against the Saints, too. You guys saw those runs that gained some yards on us against the Saints up the middle. That was more inside linebacker issues than Quinton’s issues."
Right tackle Anthony Davis sustained a concussion on the offense's second-to-last play from scrimmage Sunday and has not been on the practice field this week. He tweeted about being knocked out cold during the plane ride home.
That means Jonathan Martin is slated to get his sixth start of the season at right tackle. After starting the first 64 regular season games of his career, Davis has been bitten by the injury bug frequently in 2014.
Offseason shoulder surgery forced Davis to miss the team's entire offseason program. Once healthy leading up to the opener, he sustained a hamstring strain that prevented him from starting until Week 4's win over the Eagles. But on the final play of the first quarter, Davis suffered a knee injury when he was rolled into on a sack of Colin Kaepernick.
Davis returned to start in the team's last four games, but will be out Sunday against Washington, and possibly longer, if his concussion symptoms do not subside.
"You don't know what it's going to be, hard to predict," Jim Harbaugh said Friday.
Dr. Andrews to see Bowman
Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery last winter to repair NaVorro Bowman's ACL and MCL tears in his left knee, is flying to the Bay Area to meet with Bowman Friday, Harbaugh said.
The loose plan is for Andrews to examine Bowman's knee to help determine a course of action going forward, which could include Bowman's return to practice in a limited fashion next week.
"I don't think we're going too far out on a limb to state that that would be the case," said Harbaugh.
Bowman has chosen not to speak with reporters until he returns to the practice field. Harbaugh said Bowman has not suffered a setback to his knowledge. Nor does Harbaugh know with certainty if Bowman will play this season.
Bowman has continued to run sprints and do cutting drills, according to the 49ers coach.
"He's done the same routine," Harbaugh said.
49ers injury report
T Anthony Davis (concussion), DT Glenn Dorsey (forearm)
Washington Injury Report
G Shawn Lauvao (concussion), T Trent Williams (knee, ankle)
LB Trent Murphy (knee)