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

Week 5: 49ers Vs Texans Box Score - 49ers Win 34-3

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.