49ers DB excused to watch girlfriend qualify for Olympic final


49ers DB excused to watch girlfriend qualify for Olympic final

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SANTA CLARA -- A little more than an hour into practice Monday, 49ers safety Cory Nelms jogged off the practice field.When he returned a short time later, he had an added bounce to his step.
Nelms ran off during the middle of practice to watch a live stream of the women's 400-meter hurdles at the London Olympics. He watched a computer in the office of Mike Chasanoff, manager of public relations, as his girlfriend, T'erea Brown, qualified for a spot on Wednesday's final with a personal-record time 54.21 seconds"She got out good," Nelms said. "It seemed like she was falling back, but she maintained and ran her race. She PR'd yesterday and PR'd again today. She's peaking. She's definitely on the right track."Nelms, who is fighting for a spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster, did not have the luxury of traveling to London to watch Brown, 22, whom he met 6 years ago as members of the University of Miami (Fla.) track team."I wanted to go, but I'm in a situation where I need to stay here and compete for a spot on this team and try to help this team," he said.Before practice, 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell approached Nelms to ask if he wanted permission to duck out of practice long enough to watch the semifinal."I said, 'Definitely,'" Nelms said. "I guess he got permission (from coach Jim Harbaugh) and said it would be OK."Brown won the 2011 NCAA championship. She finished third at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene. She arrived in London with a previous personal best of 54.81. Nelms said she will have to run 53 seconds to get onto the podium. He believes she has the ability to bring home a medal.Nelms has plenty of his own hurdles to clear.He is in his second year in 49ers camp after going undrafted in 2011. Nelms spent all of last season on the 49ers' practice squad after being honored with the Thomas Herrion Award. The honor goes to the rookie or first-year player that best takes advantage of every opportunity and turned it into a positive to make a dream turn into reality."It's kind of like appreciation you get from the team," Nelms said. "You come out and work hard every day and you play whistle to whistle. That award showed me that the team appreciates what I do every day. I'm going to continue to do that."Nelms played cornerback last season. This year, he has transitioned to safety -- a spot he believes is a better fit for his physical style of play."The coaches are really helping me out, helping me learn the new position," he said. "I'm learning the defense well. We're just trying to get better. Everybody is supporting me and helping me out, so I thank them for that."

Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

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Report: Stubblefield taken into custody, booked into jail in no-bail case

Former 49ers defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield is behind bars. 

According to the Mercury News, Stubblefield was led away from court to jail in handcuffs Friday after a judge found there was probable cause to hold him over for trial on charges of rape stemming from May 2015. 

Stubblefield is charged with raping an intellectually disabled woman on April 9, 2015 at his Morgan Hill home when she had gone to interview for a babysitting job. 

According to the same report, Stubblefield had been free on $250,000 bail for more than a year. But the judge ordered him taken into custody Friday after prosecutors formally added the allegation that Stubblefield used a gun during the assault, which made it a no-bail case.

Stubblefield has pleaded not guilty and publicly denied the five felony charges and gun enhancement that prosecutors say could lead to at least 15 years to life in prison if he is convicted.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL, including the first five with the 49ers. He later returned to the 49ers in 2001 and ’02, before finishing his career with the Raiders.

Stubblefield, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 1993, was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 10.5 sacks. He was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year with a career-high 15 sacks in 1997. He signed a lucrative contract with Washington in 1998.

Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts


Drafted by Baalke with injury, former 49ers WR signs with Colts

The 49ers recently re-signed eight of the 10 players who finished the season on the team’s practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who was not among the first wave of 49ers signings to 2018 contracts, signed Wednesday with the Indianapolis Colts, ending his three-season association with the organization.

Smelter was one of general manager Trent Baalke’s redshirt draft picks. The team selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 draft despite a torn ACL that ended his final season at Georgia Tech.

Smelter spent his first season on an injured list. He was waived at the beginning of the past two seasons, finishing both years on the 49ers’ practice squad. Smelter appeared in two games in 2016 and caught one pass for 23 yards.

Last season, the 49ers signed wide receivers Louis Murphy and Max McCaffrey to spots on the 53-man roster instead of Smelter, who remained on the practice squad.

Wide receiver DeAndre Carter, who also spent the entire season on the practice squad, was signed recently to the team’s 90-man roster.

Others who finished the season on the 49ers practice squad to remain on the team’s offseason roster are: quarterback Nick Mullens, tight end Cole Wick, offensive linemen Andrew Lauderdale and Pace Murphy, linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and defensive backs Trovon Reed and Channing Stribling.

The 49ers also signed fullback Malcolm Johnson, who spent last season on injured reserve with the Seattle Seahawks. Johnson appeared in 19 games over the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He was a sixth-round draft pick in ’15.

Offensive linemen Cameron Hunt, who finished the season on the 49ers’ practice squad, remains unsigned. Guard JP Flynn is also unsigned. He sustained a torn patellar tendon in November and underwent surgery that was expected to keep him out up to nine months.