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Glenn Dorsey Returns to Practice; Marcus Lattimore Close behind

Posted Oct 27, 2014

Back from the bye week, Jim Harbaugh addressed the media on Monday to discuss all things San Francisco 49ers. Injury updates were at the top of the list.

Back from the bye week, Jim Harbaugh addressed the media on Monday to discuss all things San Francisco 49ers.

Here are the two major takeways along with seven additional notes from the question-and-answer session.

Dorsey's Back

Glenn Dorsey took a significant step forward in his bid to return from a torn biceps injury.

Three months after getting hurt in training camp, the nose tackle practiced for the first time on Monday. Dorsey has been on the Reserve/Injured; Designated for Return List since early August.

“Conditioning was really good,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll ramp it up more as the week goes on.”

Dorsey now has a 21-day window to participate in practice before the 49ers must either activate him to the 53-man roster or shut him down for the season.

The earliest Dorsey is eligible to play is Nov. 9 against the New Orleans Saints.

Fellow nose tackle Ian Williams has performed admirably in Dorsey’s absence, recording 18 tackles and one sack in the first seven games of the year.

Dorsey, who signed a two-year contract extension through the 2016 season on Aug. 16, made 13 starts in 2013 at the position.

Lattimore on the Cusp

Dorsey isn’t the only recovering player the 49ers will evaluate over the next three weeks.

Following two years of rehab on his left knee, Marcus Lattimore is scheduled to return to the field on Wednesday to begin his 21-day practice period. The second-year running back is currently on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List.

Harbaugh has said in recent weeks that the 49ers plan to use the entirety of the practice window before they potentially activate Lattimore. In that scenario, Lattimore could make his NFL debut on Nov. 23 versus the Washington Redskins.

“I’ve been watching him off to the side, and 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. (I’m) excited to see that progress on the field.”

Since releasing LaMichael James after Week 1, the 49ers have carried only two running backs on their active roster: Frank Gore and rookie Carlos Hyde.

Harbaugh said the 49ers will try to simulate game conditions as much as possible for Lattimore in practice.

“I think we can get him a little extra contact when we have the pads on,” Harbaugh said. “Pass protection, hitting sleds and maybe thudding up a little bit extra outside of the normal practice drills.”

Gold Nuggets

1. Neither LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) nor TE Garrett Celek (back) will begin practicing this week. Both players are currently on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List.

2. LG Mike Iupati (concussion) and CB Chris Culliver (hamstring) practiced in full on Monday after missing the team's Week 7 game against the Denver Broncos.

3. LB Patrick Willis (toe) and S Jimmie Ward (quadricep) were limited in practice. Both players also missed the contest versus the Broncos.

4. Harbaugh offered no additional information regarding the recent reports that suspended LB Aldon Smith could be reinstated one or two games early. If Smith serves his full nine-game ban, he would be eligible for the team's Week 11 game against the New York Giants.

5. Regarding Tuesday's NFL trade deadline, Harbaugh shot down any speculation of a deal: "I don't expect anything to happen." 

6. CB Chris Cook, who was placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve List on Saturday, underwent surgery on Friday to repair his injured hamstring. Harbaugh said the injury was so severe that Cook's muscle tore from the bone.

7. C Marcus Martin played with the first-team offense on Monday. The rookie is slated to compete for the starting job in place of Daniel Kilgore, who is out for the season with a leg injury. Harbaugh said Martin looked impressive on the practice field.

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