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Former Raiders WR signs one-year deal with 49ers

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Former Raiders WR signs one-year deal with 49ers

Veteran wide receiver Louis Murphy, who has not played in the NFL since sustaining a torn ACL in October 2015, signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Monday.

The 49ers designated rookie outside linebacker Jimmie Gilbert waived/injured to make space for Murphy on the 90-man roster. Gilbert sustained a torn ACL during practice Sunday. Gilbert is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery.

Murphy, 30, opened last season on physically unable to perform with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The club released him in November.

Murphy was in the headlines this offseason, as he was arrested in April for carrying a concealed, loaded Glock 23 pistol in his backpack at Tampa International Aiport. Charges were dropped. Murphy’s attorney, Darryl Rouson, told the Tampa Bay Times that Murphy has attended a gun safety class since the arrest.

Murphy’s best season came in 2010 with the Raiders when he caught 41 passes for 609 yards. In his career, Murphy has caught 162 passes for 2,322 yards and 10 touchdowns in 88 games.

Murphy figures to face a tough battle to win a roster spot with the 49ers. The 49ers have 13 receivers under contract, including 6-foot-4 rookie Tim Patrick, who was claimed off waivers Monday from the Baltimore Ravens.

The 49ers figure to keep five or six wide receivers on their 53-man roster among:

Pierre Garçon
Marquise Goodwin
Jeremy Kerley
Aldrick Robinson
Trent Taylor
Bruce Ellington
Aaron Burbridge
DeAndre Smelter
DeAndre Carter
Victor Bolden
Kendrick Bourne
Louis Murphy
Tim Patrick

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

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49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

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Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.