Former 49ers cornerback Robinson arrested in New Jersey


Former 49ers cornerback Robinson arrested in New Jersey

HANOVER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — New York Jets player Rashard Robinson has been accused of possessing marijuana-laced candy.

Authorities say the 22-year-old NFL cornerback was pulled over in Morris County, New Jersey, last December and police found "THC infused Peanut Budda Buddah Candy" in Robinson's possession.

Robinson was arrested and charged with drug possession and carelessly driving a 2018 Mercedes Benz. Police say the car smelled like marijuana.

A spokesman for the Jets said they won't comment on the pending legal matter. It was unclear if Robinson had hired an attorney, and public records don't list his phone number.

Robinson was acquired from the 49ers on Oct. 31 for a fifth-round pick in this year's draft. He had just two tackles in limited action with New York, but made one start against Kansas City on Dec. 3.

He played eight snaps on special teams at New Orleans two days after the arrest, but was inactive for the Jets' final two games of the season for what coach Todd Bowles said was "a coaching decision."

Robinson was a fourth-round draft pick in 2016 out of LSU, but was inconsistent and penalized often during his stint with the 49ers. He had two interceptions, 15 passes defensed, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 22 games with San Francisco, but also had 17 accepted penalties during that span. He had been demoted by the 49ers at the time of the trade with the Jets.

Robinson played for two seasons at LSU before being suspended in 2014 because of academic issues and a failed drug test. He also was arrested in 2015 and charged with unauthorized entry of his former teammate's apartment.

He didn't play again for the Tigers, leaving LSU and then enrolling at Broward College to train for the draft.

Former 49er Alex Smith suffers eerily similar injury to Joe Theismann


Former 49er Alex Smith suffers eerily similar injury to Joe Theismann

After playing the first seven years of his career in a San Francisco 49ers uniform, current Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith still has plenty of fans in the Bay Area. If you're one of them, you probably already heard the news.

Smith's season -- at the very least -- is over.

Word to the wise: if you're the squeamish type, don't watch the replay. Just ... don't.

In the third quarter of Washington's eventual defeat to the Texans on Sunday, Smith was sacked by Houston defensive lineman J.J. Watt and defensive back Kareem Jackson, causing him to break both the fibula and tibia in his right leg.

As Smith writhed in pain with his ankle bent at an awkward angle, it was abundantly clear that it would be a season-ending injury. But in the minutes that followed, an eerie observation was made:

We've seen this before.

On November 18, 1985, Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann was sacked by New York Giants' Hall-of-Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor on Monday Night Football, infamously breaking Theismann's fibula and tibia in his right leg. Washington would go on to lose that game 23-21, and Theismann never played another down.

Guess what this Sunday's date was?

November 18, 2018.

And guess what the final score of Texans-Redskins game was?

That's right. 23-21.

So, precisely 33 years to the day, Smith suffered an identical injury to the one that forced Theismann into retirement, and the Redskins lost by an identical score. Creepy, huh?

Theismann was 35 when he suffered his injury. Smith is currently 34. It's unknown at this time how long his recovery will take, and the degree to which it will affect his ability to play another down in the NFL.

Smith was carted off the field and immediately taken to the hospital to undergo surgery. As Theissman himself suggested, Smith isn't necessarily destined for the same fate that he was.

"If there is a positive aspect," Theismann told ESPN, "it's that so much of medicine has changed."

Here's hoping for a full and speedy recovery.


2019 NFL draft order: 49ers have No. 1 overall pick after Raiders win


2019 NFL draft order: 49ers have No. 1 overall pick after Raiders win

The 49ers were off Sunday, but they still managed to win when it came to NFL draft positioning.

Thanks to the Raiders' last-second 23-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco is in position to select No. 1 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

The 49ers, Raiders and Cardinals all are 2-8 now, but San Francisco holds the first tiebreaker -- the weakest strength of schedule as of Sunday afternoon.

Should the 49ers, Raiders and/or Cardinals have the same strength of schedule, the next tiebreaker is a coin flip. That was the case last season with the 49ers and Raiders, and the Silver and Black selected No. 10 after San Francisco won the toss at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The 49ers can inch closer to securing the top pick in Week 12. They travel to Tampa next Sunday to play the Buccaneers, who are one of nine NFL teams with three or fewer victories after Sunday. 

San Francisco last selected No. 1 overall in 2005, when it drafted Utah quarterback Alex Smith. The Raiders had the top pick two years later and took LSU QB JaMarcus Russell.