NFL Notes – 49ers try to replace Dorsey
Quinton Dial put a punishing hit on running back Alfonso Smith late in 11-on-11 work. Tony Jerod-Eddie pounded Jonathan Martin not once but twice, even sending him to his backside.
In their first audition to become San Francisco’s starting nose tackle, Dial and Jerod-Eddie each showed off impressive physical strength in the middle of the defensive line Sunday. They have a tough job to replace Glenn Dorsey, who went down with a torn left biceps on Friday and will need surgery. He will likely miss the entire 2014 season.Ian Williams, who began the 2013 season as starting nose tackle, continues to make progress in his recovery from last year’s season-ending ankle injury with the hope he could be ready sometime early in the season.
Bon Jovi says he won’t move Bills
Jon Bon Jovi wrote a letter saying his prospective ownership group plans to keep the Bills in Buffalo.
Elected officials and Bills fans are concerned Bon Jovi’s group, one of three bidding on the team, intends to buy and eventually move the team to Toronto.
Tablets coming to sidelines
Tablets will now be used by players and coaches on the sidelines to view aerial photos of previous plays.
The devices were developed as part of the league’s sponsorship deal with Microsoft.
Around the League
The Browns have claimed injured offensive lineman Michael Bowie off waivers from the Seahawks. … The Falcons have added depth at safety by signing free agent Tyrell Johnson. … Singer Pharrell will perform outside of CenturyLink Field in Seattle on Sept. 4 before the Seahawks play the Packers in the season opener.