Glenn Dorsey didn’t practice yesterday and he was on the rehab field today, so the chances of him playing against Tennessee seem slim. Vic Fangio spoke highly of Quinton Dial’s performance in his first practice.

“He did fine. Thought he moved around well. Mixed in, was pretty good on his assignments. Overall, was pleased with the way he practiced yesterday,” said the 49ers defensive coordinator, who also had some compliments for practice squad nose tackle Mike Purcell, who he said is also in the mix to get some time in case Dorsey can’t go.

“Michael is obviously ahead of (Dial and Tank Carradine). He had all the offseason work, he had all the training camp, he played in preseason games. Mike’s able to go in there and battle in the trenches for us. He can play nose or he can play end for us. He’s versatile. He’s experienced when you compare him to Quentin and Tank. So he’s ready to go if needed.”

The 49ers also have Tony Jerod-Eddie, and now they have another roster spot. The 49ers waived Chris Harper, the wide receiver who was sort of in the mold of Delanie Walker — although nowhere near as good, since he has now been released by two teams. Presumably the 49ers will scour the ranks of the large and unemployed to find someone else who could give them some snaps on their banged up defensive line.

As for Jerod-Eddie, who grabbed his first NFL interception against Houston but struggled in relief of Dorsey as a run defender (he missed one tackle and scored a -1.2 overall, according to the ever-popular Pro Football Focus), he’ll probably get the most run in Nashville if Dorsey can’t go.

Here’s Fangio’s assessment of his TJE’s play against the Cardinals:

“He did fine in there this past game. Tony’s been here now for two years. He’s progressed a lot in a short period of time as a player and both physically he’s improved his body. He’s gotten to play here a fair amount in the last two, three games. His work is paying off and he still has a lot of improvement he can make, but we’re pleased with where he’s at right now.”

Photos I didn’t get yesterday

Since I felt bad yesterday about snapping photos of Quinton Dial, Tank Carradine and Mario Manningham but missing out on Eric Wright, I made up for that today. No awesome action shots, but Wright flashed a couple nice diamonds when he took his helmet off during warmups.

Eric Wright 49ers practice bling

If Wright’s coverage can match his bling game, the 49ers will have a great new asset in the secondary. And just for fun, I got another shot of Manningham soaring high through the air …

Mario Manningham 49ers practice


Hey, when you’re a mid-30s blogger this counts as “soaring.”