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Ian Williams suffers 'small fracture' of 'tibia or fibula'

The San Francisco 49ers have likely lost nose tackle Ian Williams for some period of time. He suffered a small fracture to his lower leg. We break down the implications.

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The San Francisco 49ers managed a 27-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints, but they did suffer a loss. Nose tackle Ian Williams suffered a leg injury, and in the post-game press conference, Jim Harbaugh described it as a bit of a small fracture, and said it was either the tibia or fibula.

Williams was carted off the field after the second quarter injury, along with return man Bruce Ellington. The 49ers likely got an x-ray fairly quickly, thus knowing that there is a fracture of the lower leg. I'd imagine there will be more details in the next day or two, particularly as to how much time he will miss.

Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey returned to practice two weeks ago, and according to Fangio, was 50-50 to get activated this weekend. He will get back out to practice this week and continue working his way back. I suspect Quinton Dial will get the nose tackle start in place of Williams next week, but Dorsey could work his way back to help out there. Dial was the second half nose tackle. Mark Ingram seemed to find space up the middle in the second half, but it was valuable experience for Dial. There will be plenty of film from which he can learn and improve.