Aug 2, 2015 9:45 PM by Ross Field
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Two players the San Francisco 49ers could not depend upon last year will be counted on to play big roles this season.
Linebacker Aldon Smith missed the first nine games last season serving a suspension handed down by the NFL. Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey sat out last season with a biceps tear.
Patrick Willis, a linebacker, and defensive lineman Justin Smith retired after the season and defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released, leaving big holes to be filled.
With the field in good condition, the 49ers were able to hold their practice inside the stadium as scheduled.
Linebacker Chris Borland, who led the team in tackles with 128, retired after one year in the league. Three of the 49ers top five tacklers from last season are gone.
Enter Smith and Dorsey, who bring experience and add depth.
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