Rams' Bradford, 49ers' Edwards inactive


Rams' Bradford, 49ers' Edwards inactive

SAN FRANCISCO -- St. Louis Rams backup quarterback A.J. Feeley, getting the start in place of injured Sam Bradford, stands in the way of the 49ers clinching the NFC West title Sunday at Candlestick Park.Meanwhile, the 49ers will be without receiver Braylon Edwards, who is nursing knee and shoulder ailments. Edwards, who missed four games earlier this season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, ranks sixth on the 49ers with 14 catches for 172 yards and no touchdowns.Edwards intimated last week that it might be wise to spend some on the sideline to help ensure he is healthy for the playoffs. Edwards has rested and rehabbed since the 49ers' 16-6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thanksgiving.

Ted Ginn will start at receiver in place of Edwards. And Bruce Miller returns to his starting job at fullback after missing one game with a concussion. Veteran Moran Norris returns to the inactive list.
The 49ers (9-2) will clinch the division title for the first time since the 2002 season with a victory over the Rams (2-9) on Sunday.Feeley gets his third start of the season, as Bradford, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, was declared inactive due to a high ankle sprain.Feeley has completed 54.7 percent of his passes for 392 yards with one touchdown and one interception this season. In Feeley's two starts, the Rams lost at Dallas (34-7) and beat New Orleans (31-21).Tom Brandstater was promoted from the Rams practice squad this week to serve as Feeley's backup.Craig Dahl will start at strong safety for the Rams in place of Darien Stewart.
49ers inactives: WR Braylon Edwards, QB Scott Tolzien, CB Shawntae Spencer, FB Moran Norris, OL Mike Person, OL Daniel Kilgore, DT Ian Williams.Rams inactives: QB Sam Bradford, S Darian Stewart, RB Cadillac Williams, LB Josh Hull, OL Kevin Hughes, T Mark LeVoir, DE C.J. Ah You.

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.