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Bruce Miller present at 49ers practice, Glenn Dorsey, Carlos Hyde participate

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The San Francisco 49ers are dealing with another retirement in Anthony Davis, but they did get some good news on Friday at OTAs.

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How about some good news?! The San Francisco 49ers returned to practice on Friday, and they had some faces back in action. Fullback Bruce Miller returned for the first time this offseason following his no contest plea for a disturbing the peace charge. Additionally, Glenn Dorsey and Carlos Hyde were back in action.

A week and a half ago, Dorsey said he was close to 100 percent in his return from his biceps injury. He would appear to be good to go. The team has a mandatory minicamp next week, so hopefully this means he will be in action there. Dorsey is projected to start at defensive end opposite, next to Ian Williams, and opposite Darnell Dockett (assuming the latter fully recovers from his ACL  injury). Dorsey's return also gives the 49ers tremendous depth at nose tackle, behind Ian Williams and with Quinton Dial.

Hyde has been dealing with an undisclosed "minor" leg injury and had not been participating in OTAs. His return means it likely was sufficiently minor. Hyde is projected as the starting running back. While OTAs are not the best time to assess running backs, it is still important in getting him ready in the new offense.

The 49ers had Miller stay away from the facility while he was working to resolve the personal and legal issues surrounding his arrest in February on suspicion of domestic violence. He pled no contest to disturbing the peace. Once he attends 16 weeks of domestic violence counseling, he will be sentenced, likely facing no jail time. Whether he will be suspended or not remains to be seen. The NFL will take their sweet time figuring that out.

Trey Millard has been getting fullback snaps thus far, so he loses some work with Miller back at practice. Millard is better suited for more of an h-back role, so there still could be plenty of opportunities moving forward. The 49ers have tried to replace Delanie Walker in a jack-of-all-trades type of role, and Millard has the skillset to potentially be that guy.