Saturday, December 28, 2013

49ers place Mario Manningham on injured reserve

The 49ers offense has found some stronger footing during the team’s five-game winning streak, but they’ll have to keep it going without wide receiver Mario Manningham.

Manningham was placed on injured reserve Friday, shortly after coach Jim Harbaugh announced that he would miss the season finale against the Cardinals. Harbaugh said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group, that Manningham would consult with doctors about his knee and “do what’s in best interest of his career.”

Ahmad Brooks wins appeal on Drew Brees hit

Even though the NFL claimed the call on the field was the “absolutely correct call,”  it’s at least a free one.

According to Matt Maiocco of, 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks won his appeal of his $15,750 fine for hitting Saints quarterback Drew Brees a month ago.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Harbaugh wants Phil Dawson back with 49ers next year

Jim Harbaugh isn’t taking the consistency of kicker Phil Dawson for granted.

After suffering the struggles of David Akers a season ago, Harbaugh is thrilled with the job Dawson has done for the team this season.

However, Dawson was only signed to a one-year deal this season. It led Harbaugh to make a public plea for Dawson to stick with the team beyond this season.

49ers place Bruce Miller on injured reserve, sign Will Tukuafu

Jim Harbaugh said earlier this week that the shoulder injury suffered by fullback Bruce Miller last Sunday “didn’t look good” and the 49ers made a move confirming that assessment on Wednesday.

Miller has been placed on injured reserve, ending a season that saw him become a useful piece of the offense as both a receiver and a blocker. With Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham back in action, the 49ers will likely miss him more in the latter role in the coming weeks.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Crabtree declares it’s a “new day, new game”

The last time the 49ers played the Seahawks, they didn’t have receiver Michael Crabtree.  And the Niners lost, 29-3.
This time, Crabtree is back.  And he thinks it will lead to an improved outcome for San Francisco.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Joe Staley feeling better, plans to play this week

The 49ers should have a key part back for Sunday’s rematch with the Seahawks, as left tackle Joe Staley said his knee injury was not as serious as it first appeared.

During his weekly radio show on 95.7 The Game (via Matt Maiocco of, Staley said his right knee is feeling better, and he plans to play Sunday.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Joe Staley returns to practice

The 49ers might not have to shuffle their offensive line as much as initially feared, as left tackle Joe Staley returned to the practice field Thursday.

According to Matt Maiocco of, Staley took part in drills and seemed to be moving well during the portion of practice open to the media.

Quinton Patton comes off 49ers injury report

The 49ers spent most of the season scrambling to find enough wide receivers to fill out their roster, which makes it a bit funny to see that they may wind up with too many receivers for the available spots as the year winds down.

Mario Manningham returned from his knee injury last month and Michael Crabtree returned from his Achilles injury last week to give the unit a much needed shot in the arm. Now rookie Quinton Patton is practicing in full and totally off the injury report with the broken foot that kept him sidelined from Week Four until Wednesday.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Michael Crabtree declares himself “ready to play”

For a guy coming off such a major injury, who is such a major part of the 49ers plan, the big news was relatively simply delivered.

“I’m ready to play,” wide receiver Michael Crabtree said, via Matt Maiocco of “It’s been a long time coming.”

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

49ers activate Michael Crabtree

The 49ers now officially have another weapon in the passing game.

According to Matt Maiocco of, the 49ers officially activated wide receiver Michael Crabtree to the 53-man roster, waiving quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to create the roster spot.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Harbaugh says Crabtree won’t be activated for Saints game

Like many of his peers, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh likes to keep his cards pressed tightly to his black long sleeve T-shirt-sweatshirt hybrid.

When it comes to whether receiver Michael Crabtree will make his 2013 debut on Sunday against the Saints, Harbaugh was uncharacteristically chatty.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Marcus Lattimore to begin practicing next week

The 49ers, with a wealth of draft picks, were able to use one on former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore knowing he might not help them this year.

And while returning to a game after his horrific college knee injury is still a long shot, he’s at least getting on the practice field.

Vic Fangio: Aldon Smith will play a lot this week

Aldon Smith’s return to the 49ers lineup last Sunday against the Panthers didn’t see Smith play a tremendous amount.

Smith played a dozen snaps in the loss and said afterward that he knew he wouldn’t be serving in a prominent role in his first game back. The same should not be true of his second day back in the lineup.

Eric Reid plans to adjust his style to avoid concussions

Eric Reid admits never thinking much about concussions, since he never had one before entering the NFL.
But now that he’s suffered two this season, the 49ers safety said he’s going to re-think his approach to some tackles.

Reid went down last week after sticking his head into Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert, a bad bet in most cases when a normal-sized safety takes on the bowling ball fullback.

49ers won’t rule out Michael Crabtree for Week 11

The 49ers got wide receiver Michael Crabtree back at practice last week for the first time since he injured his Achilles, a development that fell right in line with reports that he’d be ready to make his return from the physically unable to perform list in the middle of November.

Tuesday’s release of wide receiver Kyle Williams offered more reason to speculate about how close Crabtree might be to returning to action. Coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t answer that question specifically, but he did say that the team hasn’t made a decision about whether Crabtree would fill the roster spot left open with Williams’ departure.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Vernon Davis, Eric Reid cleared for non-contact work

The 49ers got some good news from a pair of injured players Wednesday, giving them a chance to play this week.

According to Matt Maiocco of, both tight end Vernon Davis and safety Eric Reid were cleared for non-contact work after suffering concussions last week against the Panthers.

Both players will still have to be cleared by an independent neurologist, and have several steps to get through before that happens. But getting them back in the weight room is a good sign they could still play this week against the Saints.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

49ers activate Nick Moody, cut Perrish Cox

As expected, the 49ers released wide receiver Kyle Williams on Tuesday afternoon.

That wasn’t the end of their roster shuffling, however. The team also announced that linebacker Nick Moody has been activated from injured reserve and that cornerback Perrish Cox will be joining Williams in the unemployment line.

49ers Will Release Kyle Williams

According to multiple reports, the 49ers are releasing receiver/return man Kyle Williams today.

Williams had lost his return duties to running back LaMichael James, and with Mario Manningham back and Michael Crabtree hopeful of returning, his role in the offense was shrinking.

He’ll be best remembered for his pair of miscues in the 2011 NFC Championship Game, which allowed the Giants to go onto the Super Bowl.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Michael Crabtree isn’t circling a date on the schedule

The 49ers have wide receiver Michael Crabtree back at practice, something that brings the prospect of a little more excitement to the offense and something that excited Crabtree a great deal on Wednesday.

Crabtree said he was the first person out on the practice field on Wednesday, stretching well before the start of practice “for no reason” because he was so fired up about getting back on the field after his Achilles injury. Crabtree also said that all the excitement about his return to the field isn’t going to lead him to push himself too far too fast when it comes to returning to game action, however.

Vic Fangio on Aldon Smith: "I’m sure he’ll play some"

When 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was asked earlier this week if he’d play on Sunday after making his return to the team from rehab, Smith said he was taking things one day at a time.

When 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was asked the same question, he offered up pretty much the same answer.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Michael Crabtree cleared to resume practicing

The 49ers have gotten to the season’s midway point with the league’s lowest-ranked passing game, and they’ve gotten there with a 6-2 record.

Now, they’re starting to get their players back.

After activating wide receiver Mario Manningham yesterday, the team announced even better news — that wideout Michael Crabtree has been cleared to resume practicing, effective today.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Mario Manningham activated from PUP list

The 49ers added some much-needed help in the passing game Monday, activating wide receiver Mario Manningham from the physically unable to perform list.

The team announced the move, along with the activation of cornerback Eric Wright from the non-football injury list and the release of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.

49ers Will Cut Nnamdi Asomugha

The 49ers had to make some decisions when a raft of injured players starting making their way back.
And ask expected, they swapped out one veteran corner for another.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the 49ers will release cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha when they activate cornerback Eric Wright.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Aldon Smith activated from non-football injury list

The 49ers are ready for Aldon Smith to come back.

Smith, the outside linebacker who entered an alcohol rehabilitation program after playing for the 49ers in Week Three, has been activated from the non-football injury list.

49ers waive Marlon Moore, opening spot for Mario Manningham

The 49ers said goodbye to one wide receiver with the initials M.M. and he’ll likely be replaced on the roster with another receiver with the same initials.

Aldon Smith visited the Niners on Wednesday

On Tuesday night, Aldon Smith surrendered himself to authorities on felony weapons charges.  The next day, he dropped by the office.

“Aldon was in the building,” coach Jim Harbaugh told 95.7 The Game.  “It was great to see the reaction of others who saw him and Aldon’s reaction of being back here with some of the guys. He looks great, and we’re having a great day.”

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Aldon Smith turns himself in on felony weapons charges

The good news for linebacker Aldon Smith is that he apparently has exited rehab, five weeks after entering a treatment program following a DUI arrest.

The bad news is that he surrendered to authorities on Tuesday night regarding felony weapons charges arising from the ill-fated June 2012 part at Smith’s house, which has now resulted in the unwanted trifecta of being stabbed, sued, and prosecuted.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Trent Baalke “hopeful” Aldon Smith will return after bye

General Manager Trent Baalke is in London with his team as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, but his mind isn’t totally focused on the happenings on that side of the pond.

Baalke is also thinking about linebacker Aldon Smith, who remains in the rehab program for substance abuse he entered a few days after being arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

49ers welcome four back to practice yesterday

Tuesday was the first day that 49ers players placed on the physically unabale to perform and non-football injury lists at the end of preseason were eligible to practice with the team and four of them were able to get on the field.

Wide receiver Mario Manningham, cornerback Eric Wright, defensive tackle Quinton Dial and defensive end Tank Carradine were on the field as the 49ers conducted a walkthrough and all are expected to take part in the team’s full practice on Wednesday. There’s no sense yet of when any of the players will be ready to take part in a game, but Manningham says not to expect him in the lineup right away.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Another worker dies on site of new 49ers stadium

The new home of the 49ers is coming with a cost that can’t be accounted for.

According to, a steelworker died when steel rebar fell on him at the stadium construction site.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ray McDonald plans to play through partially torn biceps

Head coach Jim Harbaugh said the San Francisco 49ers “dodged a bullet” after getting the results back from an MRI on defensive end Ray McDonald’s injured biceps.

McDonald doesn’t plan on the injury keeping him off the field.

Tramaine Brock picks off NFC defensive honors

Tramaine Brock is slowing winning back his old job, and awards to go with it.

The 49ers cornerback was named NFC defensive player of the week after his two interceptions in Sunday’s win over the Texans, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Aldon Smith faces felony weapons charges from June 2012 party

Aldon Smith’s legal problems just got a lot worse.

Already facing fresh DUI charges along with a lawsuit arising from an alleged shooting that occurred at his house in June 2012, Smith now faces criminal charges relating to the shooting.

According to, prosecutors in Santa Clara County have filed three felony charges for possession of assault weapons against Smith.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Ray McDonald’s biceps injury doesn’t appear serious

The 49ers could ill afford another injury to their defensive line, and it appears they’re in the clear on the latest one.

Defensive end Ray McDonald isn’t expected to miss much time after the 49ers got an MRI on his right biceps strain.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

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Patrick Willis, Nnamdi Asomugha inactive for 49ers

49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (groin) is inactive for Sunday’s game against Houston, the club announced.

Second-year pro Michael Wilhoite is Willis’ top backup.

Willis suffered the groin injury in San Francisco’s Week Three loss to Indianapolis.

Aldon Smith “doing well,” with no specific timetable to return

Two weeks ago today, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith decided to pursue in-patient rehab for substance abuse, two days after a DUI arrest.

Per a league source, Smith is “doing well.”  Another source told PFT that Smith has been in touch with some members of the organization, and that their impression also is that Smith is doing well.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Vic Fangio: Officials need to err on correct side instead of safe side

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio wouldn't share his opinion about safety Donte Whitner’s decision to change his last name to Hitner on Thursday, but his general comments about penalties for illegal hits put him firmly in the camp of those who think that too many flags are flying around the league.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Hitner says he’ll pay for any remaining “Whitner” jerseys, within reason

Donte Whitner says he’s now Donte Hitner.  Via, Hitner said that his lawyer has taken the steps necessary to legally change the name.

Hitner also is willing to do whatever it takes to placate the NFL.  Within reason.

Whenever a player changes his number or his name, it can result in a stock of unsold jerseys becoming worthless.  Sensitive to this wrinkle, Hitner says he’ll pay for the jerseys, “depending on how many there are.”

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Whitner says he’s changing his name

49ers safety Donte Whitner was fined $21,000 for a Thursday night hit, and he’s not happy about it.

He’s sufficiently unhappy about it to protest the fine by launching a collection of four T-shirts bearing the message “#LegalHitner.”

Now, Whitner has gotten so caught up in the movement that he is changing his name to, yes, Hitner.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

49ers Vs Rams Full Game

Jim Harbaugh says “more action” coming for Jon Baldwin

49ers wide receiver Jon Baldwin’s regular-season debut Thursday passed muster with coach Jim Harbaugh, who suggested the 2011 first-round pick could see increased playing time.

“There’ll be more action for him,” Harbaugh said Friday, according to remarks distributed by the club.

Baldwin caught both of the passes thrown his way in the 49ers’ 35-11 win at St. Louis on Thursday night, gaining 19 yards. He played 16 of the club’s 69 offensive snaps.

Quinton Patton suffers broken foot

The 49ers had high hopes for rookie receiver Quinton Patton, but this season is not going according to plan.

Patton caught his first pass of the season on Thursday night against the Rams, but the 49ers have announced that Patton broke a metatarsal bone in his his foot on the play.

Donte Whitner: NFL just wants me to let receivers catch TD passes

For the second week in a row, safety Donte Whitner is lashing out at the NFL over a penalty he received for a hit to an opposing player.

Whitner was called for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Rams wide receiver Chris Givens on Thursday, and on Friday Whitner said that penalty was a ridiculous call when all he was trying to do was knock the ball out of a receiver’s hands, as that receiver was leaping for a pass in the end zone.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Donte Whitner: Any big hit in the NFL is automatically a flag

San Francisco safety Donte Whitner was penalized on the first play of Sunday’s loss to the Colts. He wasn’t happy about it.

“It was a bad call,” Whitner told “I guess it was a big hit. Any big hit now in the National Football League is automatically a flag.”

With Asomugha uncertain, 49ers sign Morris

With a short week and injuries at the position, the 49ers made a move for cornerback depth.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the 49ers promoted Darryl Morris to the active roster.

The undrafted rookie could become necessary if Nnamdi Asomugha’s knee keeps him from playing Thursday against the Rams.

They also signed pass-rusher De’Aundre Reed to the practice squad. They need bodies there with the rehab absence of Aldon Smith.

Jon Baldwin could get chance with Niners offense this week

The 49ers have scored 10 points in the last two weeks, one of several issues plaguing the defending NFC champions during their 1-2 start to the 2013 season.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that the blame for the offensive woes don’t fall on any one position in particular because everyone has been struggling. That includes the wide receivers. Anquan Boldin has 18 catches, Kyle Williams has nine and the other receivers that have been active have combined to catch just one passes over the first three weeks.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Aldon Smith is en route to rehab facility

Last night, Peter King reported that 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will enter a rehab facility early this week.

Per a league source, Smith already is on his way.

It’s unclear where Smith is headed, but he’s flying to the facility at which he’ll spend the next several weeks.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Aldon Smith's Statement (VIDEO)

Aldon Smith will enter in-patient facility to undergo rehab

As expected, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will undergo rehab for substance abuse.

Peter King of and Football Night in America reports that Smith will enter an in-patient facility early this week.

Which explains why his locker is empty.  Which also explains why the team has announced he won’t be playing on Thursday night against the Rams.

Many in-patient rehab programs last 28 days.  It’s unclear how long Smith will be away from the team.

Report: Frank Gore angry at Jim Harbaugh

Frank Gore was one of the few 49ers who played well in today’s loss to the Colts, running 11 times for 82 yards and catching two passes for 21 yards. Which leads to the question: Why did Gore only get 13 touches?

That may be the question Gore wanted answered when, according to Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle, he was angry at coach Jim Harbaugh at the end of the game.

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No weed was in Aldon Smith’s car

It’s been all bad news over the past few days for 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith.  Here’s a little good news.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that marijuana was not found in Smith’s car when he was arrested for DUI on Friday.

Mortensen cites a police officer as the source.  Which would appear to be a fairly authoritative source.

Smith still have plenty of other problems.  But a rap for marijuana possession currently isn’t one of them.