Stadium construction reaches new phase


Stadium construction reaches new phase

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers will not have any practices at the team's facility open to the general public this summer . . . or next year, for that matter.The reason is because of activity and lost space due to the ongoing construction of the stadium near the 49ers' complex. The only open practice of training camp this summer will take place Aug. 12 at Candlestick Park. (Adult tickets are 5 with children 12 and under admitted free.)Stadium construction, which began in mid-April, is 10-percent complete, team officials say. The stadium is on schedule to open for the 2014 season. Once the 49ers' new stadium is operational, the club could hold several open practices there during training camp every summer.
On Monday, the construction reached a new milestone with the beginning of the installation of the steel beams -- the skeleton of the stadium. Four cranes that reach 338 feet at full height can lift 20,000 pounds at one time, the equivalent of five cars.The first 3 12 months of work on the stadium was focused on work under the ground, including 3,000 foundation piles at an average depth of 55 feet. More than 50 miles of pipe have been laid underground. And 17,000 cubic yards of concrete have been poured -- the equivalent to foundation slabs for 340 homes of 2,000 square feet.General manager Trent Baalke said the 49ers have lost 1.5 acres of land at the team's practice facility due to the construction of new access roads from the rear of the 49ers' training facility. Also, the 49ers are building a 12,000-square foot training facility at 1.7 million, which will serve as an outdoor weight room alongside the practice fields. The new workout room is expected to be completed in September.

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.