Pierre Garçon's injury the perfect metaphor for 49ers' season


Pierre Garçon's injury the perfect metaphor for 49ers' season

You may choose which sin you think the San Francisco 49ers are paying for this time, but the team just announced that wide receiver Pierre Garcon is going to undergo season-ending neck surgery and is being placed on the team’s injured reserve list.
Garcon, the team’s leading receiver in this lost season (40 catches in 67 targets for 500 yards and no scores), originally incurred the injury during the 33-10 loss to Philadelphia, on a 13-yard completion with 1:17 left in the first half. He returned briefly in the third quarter for one final incompletion, and then was shelved.
As metaphors go for the year, this will do as well as any.
Indeed, Garcon may have provided it himself when he said after the game, “You learn a lot by losing. When you’re winning you think you’re on top of the world, but you learn a lot more from losing.”
What the 49ers have learned, though, is that teams that lose are also teams that lose players. Indeed, when new quarterback/designated savior Jimmy Garoppolo is handed the keys in one, two or four weeks, he will find just how bereft his new huddle is of healthy and productive players.
Garcon signed a five-year deal before this season that can be undone after next year, so the neck problem is not contractually career-ending. It is still one more ways in which the new 49ers still have much of the old 49ers to shed before they can course-correct.
And Garcon, one of the few productive 49ers, will be noticed for his absence – this week against Arizona, next week against the New York Giants and throughout the rest of this forlorn year.
But as the bad luck continues to pile up for this already underclubbed team, he may end up as merely one more line in a litany of reasons why a bad team freefell to the top echelon on next year’s draft.

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.