Bach: Gore joins 49ers training camp


Bach: Gore joins 49ers training camp

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Mindi Bach
Frank Gore is in camp and all is right with the world. The relief on his teammates faces upon seeing number 21 in the locker room is hard to miss. Joshua Morgan didnt sugarcoat his feelings.

It's really exciting. I almost hugged him and gave him a kiss, Morgan said. But I tried to play it cool.

No doubt, Gore is the heart of this teams offense, and with the loss of key veterans on defense and so much uncertainty in the defensive secondary, Gores role becomes even more pivotal as Jim Harbaughs new offense comes into focus.

"Very excited that Frank's back, said Joe Staley. Frank's a leader on this team. It's good to have him back there. The energy is up anytime he's back there. You know he's going to take care of business, and the linemen, we like blocking for Frank. He creates so many things on his own. You give him a small seam, and he's one of those players that can just find it, squeeze through there and make a small gain into a big one."
And while everyone is learning Harbaughs system, Gores fellow running backs Anthony Dixon and Kendall Hunter have the most to gain with his return to the facility.

He's really really smart when it comes to football, Staley said. He picks things up so easily. He's always on everything. Always talking, always communicating, so that's something we expect from Frank. And he helps out the young guys too because they see the way he communicates out on the field and how he knows all his stuff so...he's a good example for them."

Frank brings confidence, Dixon added. Hes got great talent. He is a funny dude. Hes just fun to be around. Frank is just Frank.

I had the chance to catch up with kicker Joe Nedney as he drove away from the facility today. While he was not caught off guard over his release from the 49ers, he is still emotional as he comes to terms with the end of his 15 year NFL career.

Nedney told me he began to realize that he was in trouble as the lockout wore on and his knee was simply not healing. After workouts it would balloon up he explained.

I told him he is more than welcome to come in to our Comcast SportsNet studios to talk 49ers football if hes willing. Not yet, Nedney said. He needs some time to get away from the game and digest the last few weeks. Certainly understandable. I wish him the best and thank him for his professionalism in answering my questions. When hes ready to talk football again, well be here.

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.