49ers in position for No. 2 seed in NFC playoffs


49ers in position for No. 2 seed in NFC playoffs

The 49ers might be in the driver's seat for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, but there are a couple of major potholes on the road in front of them.

The 49ers own a half-game lead over the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers for the second seed, which ensures a first-round bye in the playoffs and a home game in the divisional round.

With difficult road games against the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers have not wrapped up the NFC West title, yet. If Seattle wins its final three games and the 49ers lose two of three, the Seahawks would win the NFC West.

Here's a look at the playoff picture (the top four teams lead their respective divisions):

Atlanta (NFC South, 11-2)
Sunday: vs. N.Y. Giants
Dec. 22 (Saturday): at Detroit
Dec 30: vs. Tampa Bay

49ers (NFC West, 9-3-1)
Sunday: at New England
Dec. 23: at Seattle
Dec 30: vs. Arizona

Green Bay (NFC North, 9-4)
Sunday: at Chicago
Dec. 23: vs. Tennessee
Dec 30: at Minnesota

N.Y. Giants (NFC East, 8-5)
Sunday: at Atlanta
Dec. 23: at Baltimore
Dec 30: vs. Philadelphia

Seattle (8-5)
Sunday: at Buffalo (in Toronto)
Dec. 23: vs. 49ers
Dec 30: vs. St. Louis

Chicago (8-5)
Sunday: vs. Green Bay
Dec. 23: at Arizona
Dec 30: at Detroit

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 2016. 

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.