Three things you need to know from 49ers' 20-10 loss vs Cardinals


Three things you need to know from 49ers' 20-10 loss vs Cardinals

SANTA CLARA -- Three things you need to know about the 49ers’ 20-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9 on Sunday:

The 49ers may envision Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt as the team’s long-term starters at the safety positions. But in back-to-back weeks, Ward and Tartt sustained nearly identical season-ending injuries.

X-rays confirmed Tartt on Sunday sustained a fractured forearm. A week earlier, Ward sustained a fractured forearm. Ward was placed on injured reserve before the team’s Week 9 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Tartt is likely heading to the injured list, too.

Eric Reid, who was scheduled for free agency and faces an uncertain future, will have the final seven games to earn his way back on the team for 2018 and beyond. Rookie Adrian Colbert will also get plenty of experience as the 49ers play out the string.

The 49ers also are short-handed at wide receiver. Pierre Garçon on Saturday went on injured reserve with a fracture of a small bone in his neck. That injury should not impact his 2018 season, as the recovery is expected to take only eight weeks.

But, now, slot receiver Trent Taylor is likely to miss some time. He sustained a ribs injury – believed to be cracked ribs -- that could keep him out of action indefinitely.

Rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard is showing plenty of toughness. But the 49ers would like it if he did not have to show this much toughness.

Beathard took a pounding on Sunday behind the 49ers’ makeshift offensive line that consisted of Trent Brown at left tackle and undrafted rookie Erik Magnuson at right tackle.

Beathard absorbed 16 quarterback hits, including five sacks. And late in the game, when Beathard broke out of the pocket on a scramble, Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea lowered the boom with a hit to Beathard’s neck and head area while the quarterback was in a feet-first slide.

Bethea’s hit warranted a penalty and also prompted a fight, during which Cardinals defensive players Frostee Rucker and Haason Reddick were ejected, along with 49ers running back Carlos Hyde.

General manager John Lynch appeared to like Hyde’s willingness to mix it up in defense of a teammate. Lynch enthusiastically slapped hands with Hyde after his ejection and shouted, “Good job!”

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo arrived in the Bay Area from New England on Tuesday. After three practices, he was in uniform and ready to enter Sunday’s game at a moment’s notice.

But Beathard made it through the game without being forced to exit. Therefore, Garoppolo was not called upon. It appears likely Garoppolo will remain as the backup at least through the bye week.

But Garoppolo said he felt good about his first week with the 49ers as he adjusts to a new offense and a new community.

“It was a bit of a whirlwind, but it’s starting to slow down, though,” Garoppolo said. “Everything, from a logistical side of life and football, is starting to slow down. So that’s nice.”

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.