Banged-up Edwards focuses on playoffs


Banged-up Edwards focuses on playoffs

SANTA CLARA -- First, he had torn knee cartilage in his right knee that knocked him out of four games. And for the past three games, 49ers receiver Braylon Edwards has been bothered by a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder.With his regular-season productivity nowhere near expectation due to injuries, Edwards said Monday his focus is to make his major contribution to the 49ers in the playoffs."My plan is more so the playoffs," Edwards said. "We've pretty much wrapped those up with a win this week. I think the big thing for me is to get back healthy. We got five games left and the playoffs. The ideal goal for me would be to get back healthy for the playoffs. That would be key."Edwards said it might be necessary to rest for a regular-season game or two to ensure he's healthy for the playoffs. The 49ers (9-2) can wrap up the NFC West title with a victory Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
"We'll see what the doctors say," Edwards said. "We'll put that plan in the hands of the doctors and trainers and Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and see what they think. Maybe that's what needs to happen."Edwards ranks sixth on the 49ers with 14 catches for 172 yards and no touchdowns after signing an incentive-laden one-year contract with the 49ers. His one-year contract has a base salary of 1 million. At the time he signed, it was widely reported to be a 3.5 million deal. But he only gets the full amount if he catches 90 passes and makes the NFC Pro Bowl team.
The incentives were essentially lost when he tore knee cartilage in a Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and missed four games after undergoing surgery. He then sustained a sprained shoulder against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 6. He has suited up for every game since, but he has seen a reduction in play time. On the 49ers' injury report, there has been no mention of his shoulder injury since the time Edwards said the injury occurred.
"It's not about production," Edwards said. "I've been hurt. I had knee surgery and I have a bad shoulder. So it's not about production, it's about being hurt. I haven't ever had a season in which I've been hurt, with the exception of my rookie year."It's all new to me. It's very frustrating. I just ask the team to bear with me. I can't really control being hurt. It's part of the game."Edwards blamed the lack of work he and quarterback Alex Smith have had together on the interception at the end of the first half of the 49ers' 16-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday."He saw one thing, and I saw another," Edwards said. "That happens from time to time, and it probably stems from us not being out there a lot together with my injury."I saw a defensive back playing inside leverage, so I attacked his inside leverage to give myself more room on the outside as well as the quarterback. Alex saw me going inside, so he assumed I was going to stay inside. So it was an honest mistake on both parts. We just didn't get it done and it led to an interception."

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.