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49ers Offseason: Nose Tackle Ian Williams Likely to Return by Training Camp

For San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Ian Williams, the 2013 season lasted all of two weeks. Williams suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the Week 2 loss to the Seahawks. He is expected to be at full strength in time for the start of the Niners’ training camp in July.

Williams suffered his ankle injury after Seahawks right guard J.R. Sweezy cowardly cut-block him on a running play, instead of taking him head on.

It was hard. I’m not going to sugarcoat it or anything like that. It was hard not being able to contribute. But in the long run, while I was home watching the games, I was able to think about a lot and get ready for next season.

After Williams went down for the season, Glenn Dorsey took over. Williams won the starting job at nose tackle after a training camp battle with Dorsey, who signed with San Francisco last offseason. Dorsey was a considered a bust after not playing up to par of a No. 5 overall draft selection. With Williams out, Dorsey took full advantage and rejuvenated his career by posting 41 tackles and two sacks at nose tackle.

When we went into training camp, we took a lot of reps. [Dorsey] took reps, I took reps. I wanted him to get even more reps because just in case I went down. I did and he was able to step in and we were still able to play at a high level defensively. ~ Ian Williams

With Dorsey’s production in 2013, Williams will likely have to fight again for the starting job at training camp once he is at 100%.

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