This past week, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke met with the media, and we have hit on a few topics. I did however miss on one sort of notable comment about defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.
Dorsey suffered a torn ACL on November 22, 2015. He was placed on injured reserve shortly after, and has been rehabbing his way back ever since. Baalke was asked on Wednesday about Dorsey's injury, and got into a little bit of detail. You can read the full transcript here.
-Q: What do you think about the state of your defensive line?
-BAALKE: (Glenn Dorsey) is healthy. He’s rolling along. He’s going to be fine. He’s obviously coming off the injury but he’s made great progress and that looks to be in good shape.
Ian (Williams), still undetermined… but he’s making very good progress; so I don’t have a timeline on exactly when he’s going to be ready to go. Michael Purcell stepped up last year, played out of position a lot at end, more natural at the nose position. Kaleb Ramsey is in that third year, he’s developed, we’re looking for him to step forward.
Arik Armstead’s going to be ready to roll. Quinton Dial’s back under contract now.
Will we look to add something? We might. But I think if you talk to the coaches, they’re pretty excited about that group right now.
-Q: Will Dorsey be ready for the start of the season?
-BAALKE: I think he’s made very good progress. I’m never going to give a definitive because I don’t know. He could always have a setback coming up. But right now he’s making progress, he looks good, his mind’s in a great place, and ready to roll.
Baalke does not commit to Dorsey returning Week 1, but seems optimistic about his progress. ACL injuries are not easy to compare, but ESPN had an interesting look at ACL recoveries for various defensive players.
If we wanted to attempt a 49ers comparison, we could look at Kyle Williams. The wide receiver tore his ACL on November 25, 2012. He started 2013 training camp on the PUP list, but was activated five days into training camp, on July 25. Dorsey tore his ACL on November 22, 2015.
A defensive lineman tearing his ACL vs. a wide receiver tearing his ACL is not an easy comparison to make. The two positions require different uses of the lower body. But I figured I would at least point to Dorsey's current timeline, and what it might mean.
Dorsey likely will start training camp on the PUP list, but I could see him getting activated fairly quickly. We don't know the exact nature of his injury, but all indications are that it is a fairly normal torn ACL without complications. If that is the case, it bodes well for a return during camp, as opposed to having to open the regular season on the PUP list. Fingers crossed it's the former, as that would add tremendous depth to the defensive line.