Aldon Smith leads strong defensive showing


Aldon Smith leads strong defensive showing


SAN FRANCISCO -- Aldon Smith is known for his ability to get to the quarterback via his speed rush.On Monday night, Smith made a point to flex his power."I really just try to make people respect my power," Smith said following the 49ers' 32-7 beating of the Chicago Bears at Candlestick Park. "I don't think I'm one of the bigger linebackers or ends, but I want people to know there's some power in here, too."He does not need to convince Bears left tackle J'Marcus Webb or right tackle Gabe Carimi.With a steady diet of bull-rushes, Smith pulverized the Bears linemen in front of him on his way to dropping quarterback Jason Campbell for 5.5 sacks. His effort was just shy of the 49ers team record of six sacks, recorded by Hall of Famer Fred Dean against the New Orleans Saints in 1983.Smith's performance, which included seven quarterback hits and two forced fumbles, keyed a huge 49ers defensive performance. He accounted for minus-45 yards of offense for the Bears. The 49ers limited Chicago to just 143 total yards of offense, which is the second-lowest total in the NFL this season.Dashon Goldson and Tarell Brown recorded interceptions. And Justin Smith, who was often right there along with Aldon Smith at the quarterback, had the other half-sack for the 49ers' defense.Aldon Smith, in his first season as an every-down outside linebacker, has already eclipsed his rookie mark of 14 sacks. Smith heads into the final six games of the season with a league-leading 15 sacks. The NFL record of 22.5 sacks belongs to Michael Strahan.The 49ers recorded their first safety of the season when Smith sacked and stripped Campbell. Bears lineman Chilo Rachal recovered the fumble and was promptly tackled by 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald.Smith set a record for most sacks on "Monday Night Football.""I have a thing for night games," Smith said. "I love playing at night. I love the lights."

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.