49ers DL Dorsey Closes in on Season Debut

SANTA CLARA – Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey, who has yet to see any game action for the 49ers since his November knee injury, is back participating in 11-on-11 practice sessions.

On Thursday, he was seen participating with the 49ers' other defensive linemen in a drill in which the players made an initial move, run and wrapped up a stationary dummy and rolled to the ground to simulate correct tackling form.

A week ago, coach Chip Kelly said he anticipated Dorsey would play in the 49ers' season opener against the Los Angeles Rams barring a setback. Dorsey was among the 49ers' seven inactive players. Kelly said Dorsey did not experience a setback.

"Coach Azz (defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro) and the trainers thought an extra week would be better for him," Kelly said. "So hopefully we'll get him out here this week."

The 49ers had six defensive linemen active for the game against the Rams. If Dorsey is in uniform, it would likely be at the expense of Tony Jerod-Eddie, who saw action on just six of the 49ers' 61 defensive snaps.

"He's kind of on a pitch count, so to speak, just because he's coming off of the injury," Kelly said. "So we're hopeful that we'll have him this week."

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