The San Francisco 49ers continue to receive good news about three players who finished last season on the injured reserve list. Defensive tackle Demarcus Dobbs will “probably” be all healed up from his partially torn ACL and PCL in time for the start of training camp.
Dobbs joins running back Kendall Hunter and wide receiver Kyle Williams of the players ahead of schedule in recovering from their season-ending injuries in 2012. All three are expected to be ready by the time training camp starts in late July. Dobbs suffered a partial tear of his ACL and PCL in Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins and he did not play the rest of the season. Dobbs’ agent, Wesley Spencer, said he is “well ahead of schedule”, but did not say when he would return to the field.
Though a defensive player, Dobbs only played on 44 snaps last season. His biggest contribution was on special teams for the 49ers. However, with defensive linemen Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois no longer in San Francisco, Dobbs will be expected to step up to provide much needed depth on the D-line. The 49ers signed free agent Glenn Dorsey to fill in for Sopoaga at nose tackle and Ray McDonald is expected to move up the depth chart to take over for Jean Francois as the starter.
No doubt, the Niners will use one of their many draft picks on a defensive lineman. But having Dobbs healthy and back on the field will provide not only depth as a backup, but depth with experience on the field. The only other backup defensive tackles now on the roster are Ian Williams, Will Tukuafu, Lamar Divens and Tony Jerod-Eddie. Divens and Jerod-Eddie were recently promoted from the practice squad to the active roster.