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Golden Nuggets: Glenn Dorsey OK; Mario Manningham, Others Return to Practice

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 edition of the Golden Nuggets, a daily compilation of 49ers links from around the web.


Yesterday was the first time that the players coming off of the NFI and PUP lists were able to practice with the team. Mario Manningham, Eric Wright, Quinton Dial and Tank Carradine all hit the field, albeit in a limited manner. Manningham will need to be sure his body is up to scratch, but for the other three, they've yet to practice with the team, ever. They'll need some time to get into the groove of things before hitting the field in a game. As I understand it, and I expect to be corrected on this one, the 49ers have 3 weeks to either fully activate the players once they've practiced, or they place them on a season-ending designation. We need the help at DL and WR. At least it appears that Glenn Dorsey is going to be OK.

Mario Manningham

Expectations should be high and tempered when it comes to Mario Manningham's return. As soon as he's 100% he's head and shoulders above anything else we have at No. 2 WR. I feel confident in saying that 80% of Mario is probably an upgrade. He is coming back from a horrific knee injury and has yet to practice. I can't wait to see him on the field. | Wide receiver savior? Not so fast, Manningham says (Barrows)

I was asked on Twitter the other day which listed player I thought would have the biggest impact this year. I said Manningham, based on the lack of competition at his position. I hope I'm right. | What will be Mario Manningham's impact? (ESPN)

I hope Mario returns after the bye week. If he's not going to play against Tennessee (highly unlikely), why rush him back to face the Jags? | Manningham Not Expecting to Play vs. Titans (

Mario Manningham brings positive attitude back to practice field (Mercury News)

Glenn Dorsey / Rookies

After the injury to Ian Williams, we were left pretty thin at DT / NT. Dorsey has been everything we could have hoped for and more. When he went down with the hammy injury against the Cardinals I had a brief flash of us being vulnerable up the middle for the rest of the year. Thankfully he's going to be alright. He may miss a game or two, but he should be alright. | Glenn Dorsey (hamstring) thinks he "be alright" (Mercury News)

It's going to take Quinton Dial and Tank Carradine a bit of time to get going. We can use the depth at DL. Dorsey's injury, as well as Ray McDonald's partially-torn bicep, may require some impact from these two sooner than later. | Cramming speed: Rookies Dial, Carradine stay late after first practice (Barrows)

Question marks surround Dorsey, Dial and Carradine (Branch)

Eric Wright

It's really hard to speculate what Eric Wright might bring to the table. The one thing we know is that our secondary, despite a few hiccups by our most experienced players against the Cardinals (Donte Whitner and Carlos Rogers, I'm looking your way), has played very well so far in 2013. Who, exactly, is he going to beat out for a spot? | Eric Wright Makes 49ers Practice Debut (

Corey Lemon-Yay!

Corey Lemonier has done a great job filling in for Aldon Smith while he's getting his s-word sorted out. He got his first sack, a safety, against the Cards. It was good to see him get a glory stat on the board...he deserved it. | Lemonier sets high standard with All-Pro away (Branch)

49ers vs. Cardinals Film Review: Corey Lemonier set the tone (Gin)

Special Teams

Yeah....this is pretty much what I've been thinking over the last few weeks. What, can we say, has Kyle Williams added to the mix this year? A few catches on offense and a few fair catches in the return game....anyone care to defend Kyle? | Besides (fair) catching punts, Kyle Williams hasn't done much this season (BASG)

It's nice to see I'm not the only one who's noticed C.J. Spillman's play on special teams. Our ST unit was much maligned last season but has played very well this year. Spillman appears to be in the fray on every spectacular stop in coverage. | 49ers' secret weapon: C.J. Spillman (BASG)

LaMichael James

Who said the 49ers are giving up on LaMichael James? We're all still waiting to see him get more touches...but no one is giving up on him...are they? | 49ers not giving up on LaMichael James (ESPN)

LaMichael James Could Be Key to Unlocking 49ers Punt Returns (NBC)

Other Stuff

Seahawks try out ex-49ers linebackers Grant, Gooden (Maiocco)

49ers face another tough, young CB (ESPN)

Levi's Stadium Construction Resumes After Driver's Death (NBC)

Notes column: The keys to the 49ers' turn-around, the NFL trade deadline, Stanford's QB confidence, and more (Kawakami)

Anthony Davis has plans for the 49ers' UK trip: beat the Jags, ride a Segway ... (BASG)

Power Rankings: No. 7 San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)

AUDIO - Vic Fangio Discusses Defense's Big Takeaways (