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No suspects identified in Smith investigation

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No suspects identified in Smith investigation

The investigation into a Saturday 911 call that resulted in sheriff's deputies being called to the San Jose home of 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith -- following a shooting and a stabbing -- continued Monday with a spokesperson telling Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that detectives have not identified a suspect or suspects.

Santa Clara County Sheriff press officer Jose Cordoza indicated that detectives have follow-up interviews to conduct with people who were there and hope that they can generate additional information from that process.

According to the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office, officers responded to a 911 call at 2:14 a.m. from a large house party hosted by Smith, and transported three victims to local hospitals with non-life-threatening wounds.

Responding deputies were met by a large crowd and located two gunshot victims and one stabbing victim.

Multiple sources told CSNBayArea.com Saturday evening that Smith sustained minor stab wounds, most likely from a small pocketknife, while he attempted to break up a fight. The location of the wounds are believed to be in his shoulder and abdomen.

Smith was admitted to the emergency room at Regional Medical Center in San Jose. He was treated and released at 5 a.m., a hospital source told CSNBayArea.com.

Smith's first NFL offseason has been tumultuous. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Miami Beach on Jan. 28, booked in Miami-Dade County jail and held on 1,000 bond. Smith recently told CSNBayAreas Mindi Bach that he was not officially charged and the issue was behind him. He declined further comment.

Smiths mother, reached over the weekend at her home in Missouri, declined comment on her sons condition.

Agent Ben Dogra, who represents Smith, also declined comment.

Smith, the No. 7 overall pick of the 49ers last year, signed a four-year, 14.38 million contract that included a signing bonus of 8.96 million.

He recorded 14 sacks and 30 tackles in 16 games, as well as two sacks and four tackles in two postseason games.

Smith, 22, surpassed Charles Haley's mark of 13 for the most sacks by a rookie in a 49ers season, and came up a half sack shy of Jevon Kearse's all-time rookie record of 14.5 sacks.

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

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LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns. 

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

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Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.