49ers evaluating whether Dorsey can return this season

49ers evaluating whether Dorsey can return this season
August 6, 2014, 9:00 am
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If the 49ers place Glenn Dorsey on injured reserve as “designated for return, he must miss the first eight regular season games. (USATI)

SANTA CLARA -- Nose tackle Glenn Dorsey underwent surgery on Monday to repair a torn biceps, but the 49ers have not yet made a determination on his timetable for return, a source told CSNBayArea.com.

The 49ers continue to carry Dorsey on their 90-man roster. The 49ers are expected to keep Dorsey on the roster to evaluate him over the next month before determining their next move. Dorsey was injured during a routine 11-on-11 drill during practice on Friday.

After Sept. 2, teams are permitted to place one player on injured reserve as “designated for return.” Any player placed on the list must miss at least eight weeks of the regular season. Because Dorsey’s biceps tear was considered “clean,” it increases his chances of being able to make a late-season contribution, according to a source.

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This week, the 49ers designated running back Kendall Hunter as waived/injured to open a spot on the team’s 90-man roster. He he sustained a torn ACL in his right knee on July 25. As expected, Hunter cleared waivers and automatically reverted back to the 49ers’ injured reserve list. He is officially out for the season.

Dorsey started 13 games for the 49ers last season after Ian Williams sustained a fractured lower leg in Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. Williams underwent four surgeries and remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list.