Dorsey suffers a season-ending injury

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Photo courtesy of 49ers.com.

Gonzales native and East Ascension alum Glenn Dorsey had a horrible 29th birthday.

The former LSU All-American and Lombardi Award winner tore his left biceps muscle at practice on Friday--most likely ending his season a full month before it begins.

The injury was sustained in Dorsey's left arm; he underwent surgery on Monday.

What makes the injury even more discouraging is the fact that Dorsey had found such a great fit with the 49ers and had been rejuvenated after a slow start in Kansas City.

He was originally selected No. 5 overall by the Chiefs in the 2008 draft. Though productive in Kansas City, he had trouble living up to his top-five selection and was often forgotten due to the Chiefs' consistent struggles.

After his contract came to a close in 2013, he signed a two-year deal with the 49ers.

Originally, Dorsey was expected to play a backup role at defensive tackle but once Ian Williams went down with an injury in week two of last season, Dorsey took over as the starting nose tackle and never relinquished the job.

He started the final 13 regular season games and helped San Francisco rank fourth in the league against the run and fifth in total defense.

The 49ers eventually made a run to the NFL Championship Game where they lost a 23-17 thriller to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

Dorsey's ability to help anchor the 49ers' defensive line with Justin Smith made him a vital piece in San Francisco's defensive scheme.

With him out for the year, the 49ers will now turn to second-year player Quinton Dial and Williams--whenever he gets back to 100 percent.