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49ers suspend Jacobs for final three games

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49ers suspend Jacobs for final three games

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Monday suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the final three games of the regular season, the team announced.

The 49ers' suspension of Jacobs is without pay, which would cost him $167,000 in base pay. There is an appeals process for players who are suspended, and Jacobs would be expected to go through that process.

The move prevents Jacobs from going to another team to help them in the final weeks of the regular season and, potentially, the playoffs.

In the end, Jacobs' tenure with the 49ers will likely be remembered more for tweets and Instagram photos than yards and touchdowns.

Several days after Jacobs complained to his followers about his playing time -- or lack thereof -- the 49ers suspended Jacobs for the remainder of the regular season.

Jacobs was active for just three games, and his season stat line consisted of five rushing attempts for 7 yards. He was not active Sunday in the 49ers' 27-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins, as LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon handled the backup running back duties behind starter Frank Gore.

When asked at his Monday press conference to clarify Jacobs' status on the team, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh answered, "No comment."

The 49ers supplied no reason for Jacobs' suspension. General manager Trent Baalke, speaking on 95.7 The Game, did not get into specifics. He spoke with Jacobs early Monday afternoon, he said.

"It comes down to the team and making the best decisions we can for the team," Baalke said. "We'll leave it at that. But the discussion was amicable."

Last week, presumably after Jacobs found out he would not be active for Sunday's game, he went to social media to express his displeasure with the 49ers.

"I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners," Jacobs wrote on Instagram in response to fans' complains that he posted only photos of himself while with the New York Giants. "This is by far the worst year I ever had, I'll tell you like I told plenty others."

Jacobs spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Giants. He scored 56 career touchdowns with the Giants, and was a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams.

The New York Giants released Jacobs after last season, and he signed a one-year contract with the 49ers that included $950,000 in base pay and a $150,000 signing bonus. He also collected an additional $12,500 for each of the three games that he suited up.

Jacobs sustained a knee injury in the 49ers' second exhibition game but was declared healthy in time to participate in the 49ers' fourth game of the season. However, he was unable to convince the 49ers' coaching staff that he could become a contributor. Last week, Jacobs even took an apparent shot at Harbaugh.

"Some people give the wrong person credit, this team win(s) because there is a lot of talent," Jacobs wrote on Instagram.

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

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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.