49ers WR Marquise Goodwin taken to hospital after vicious hit by Rams DB


49ers WR Marquise Goodwin taken to hospital after vicious hit by Rams DB

LOS ANGELES – Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin sustained a concussion late in the second quarter on an illegal hit from Los Angeles Rams safety Blake Countess.

After sustaining the hit to his head area, Goodwin remained on the ground until he was placed in a cart and driven to the locker room for further observation. Goodwin gave a double thumbs-up upon leaving the field. The 49ers announced just minutes later that Goodwin was out for the game with a concussion.

Goodwin was taken to a local hopsital for precautionary evaluation. He returned to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum shortly after the conclusion of the 49ers' 34-13 victory over the Rams and was in good spirits.

"Happy New Year," Goodwin told a reporter before joining his teammates on the trip back to the Bay Area.

Countess was also evaluated for a concussion, the Rams announced.

Goodwin caught two passes for 28 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo in the first quarter. He finished the season with career-highs of 58 catches for 962 yards.

Goodwin played four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. His best season was in 2016, when he caught 29 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns.

He signed a two-year, $6 million with the 49ers on the first day of free agency.

Countess was one of 17 backup players in a starting role for the Rams on Sunday. The NFC West-champion Rams open the NFC playoffs next weekend.

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.