49ers Notebook: Spencer 'Surprised' He Decked Brooks


49ers Notebook: Spencer 'Surprised' He Decked Brooks

Matt Maiocco
CSNBayArea.comSANTA CLARA -- Cornerback Shawntae Spencer took responsibility for leveling teammate Ahmad Brooks in the early portion of 49ers practice Thursday during a "strip drill.""That was my fault," Spencer said of the hit during a low-key drill. Comcast SportsNet cameraman J.C. Garcia captured the sequence on video."I reached in to strip the ball and got my shoulder on him and I think he was a little too high," Spencer said. "I was surprised he flew the way he did, me being a small guy."Brooks slowly got to his feet after the incidence and scuffled briefly with Spencer before teammates pulled them apart. Brooks was unavailable for comment."It wasn't anything personal or anything like that," Spencer said. "Me and Ahmad, right after that happened, when we got done with the drill, we hugged. That's my man. It's nothing personal. It was a little scuffle that happened, and we're both past it."The purpose of the strip drill involving defensive players is to make them aware of holding onto the football after a turnover. During an exhibition game this summer, linebacker Diyral Briggs recorded an interception but fumbled the ball back to the Indianapolis Colts."It was a drill, so we weren't joking around," Spencer said. "I didn't mean to lay my shoulder into him like that. He was coming through fast. When I hit him, I got in underneath my pads and he fell. Everything after that was a reaction."It got a little too intense on my end, and I have no problem taking responsibility for that."Brooks Added to Mix: Brooks will play Monday night against the New Orleans Saints, 49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said. Brooks has been out of action since Aug. 6 with a lacerated kidney on his left side.Brooks recorded six sacks last season. Five of his sacks came in the final six weeks of the season after he replaced starting outside linebacker Manny Lawson as the 49ers' nickel pass-rusher.Manusky said Brooks and Travis LaBoy will see action at outside linebacker or defensive end Monday in addition to starters Lawson and Parys Haralson. LaBoy recorded the 49ers' only sack in the season opener at Seattle.Westbrook is Ready: Backup running back Brian Westbrook, in his ninth NFL season, can't recall another game in his football career in which he was healthy, in uniform and never stepped onto the playing field.Westbrook was nothing more than a spectator in the 49ers' season-opening loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye said he planned to get Westbrook into the game, but that changed when the 49ers fell behind early in the second half.Raye explained that when the 49ers went with their two-minute offense, he felt more comfortable with Frank Gore on the field because of his familiarity with the team's blitz pickup package. Gore played all 66 snaps at running back for the 49ers."I'm getting better with it every day," Westbrook said. "I think I have a good grasp of it, but you don't know until you get out there."

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

Reuben Foster: Shoulder recovery on pace for training camp clearance

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Reuben Foster is likely to be a spectator when the 49ers hold their rookie minicamp next week.

But Foster said he is on pace to be fully cleared for football activity by the time the 49ers open training camp in late July. Recent national reports have suggested Foster would require another surgery on his right shoulder.

“That’s not accurate at all,” said Foster, who took part in a press conference on Friday after the 49ers selected him with the No. 31 overall pick in the draft on Thursday. “I’m fine. I’m on schedule.”

Foster said he sustained the tear of the labrum in his right shoulder during Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington. He played in the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

He underwent surgery on his rotator cuff that forced him to sit out drills at the NFL scouting combine in February. Foster was sent home from Indianapolis after an argument with a hospital worker while he was waiting to undergo a physical.

There were reports Foster could require additional surgery after he went through the medical re-check in Indianapolis.

“I’m making big progress,” Foster said. “I’ll be limited in OTAs. Training camp, I’ll be full-go, but if it’s my decision, I think I can go now.”

Later, Foster said the 49ers have all of his medical information.

“I guarantee they have enough X-rays, exams, MRIs to know where I stand,” he said. “I had the surgery. They already knew how many weeks I was out.”

Foster dropped in the draft over apparent concerns about his shoulder and character issues. Alabama coach Nick Saban told AL.com on Thursday that Foster did not consult him before undergoing surgery.

"Look, the way we like for things to get handled, that didn't get handled," Saban said. "We have the best doctors in the world in Dr. (James) Andrews and Dr. (Lyle) Cain who operate on most NFL players and his agent chose to take him someplace else. I think (Andrews and Cain) have tremendous credibility.

"So, you know, all these choices and decisions that you make have consequences and I hate it for our players when they do it, but he didn't seek my advice in what he should do. So, if that was an issue, that was an issue. It shouldn't have been an issue but if it was, I don't really know much about it."

Report: 49ers TE Vance McDonald available for trade

Report: 49ers TE Vance McDonald available for trade

Vance McDonald is reportedly on the trade block.

The 49ers tight end is available, according to The Ringer's Michael Lombardi.

In December, McDonald inked a five-year extension, with the final two years being club options at base salaries of $5.5 million annually.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported:

"McDonald receives a $7 million signing bonus, according to the figures obtained Tuesday by CSNBayArea.com. His base salary of $2.1 million for 2017 is fully guaranteed for skill and cap.

McDonald is scheduled to earn $3.7 million in base salary in 2018 and $4.2 million in 2019. In addition, McDonald has 46-man roster bonuses of $46,875 per game, which total $750,000 annually if he suits up for all 16 games. McDonald also has a scheduled $150,000              in annual workout bonuses for participating in 90 percent or more of the team’s offseason program.

The deal would make McDonald the 16th highest-paid tight end in the NFL if he collects all of his per-game roster bonuses.

If McDonald remains on the 49ers’ 90-man roster on April 1, 2018, all $3.7 million of his 2018 salary becomes fully guaranteed. If he’s on the roster on April 1, 2019, $3.2 million of his $4.2 base salary is fully guaranteed.

There are also incentives in the deal for receptions and receiving yards that begin with 55 receptions ($75,000) and 700 yards ($75,000)."

The 49ers took McDonald in the second round (55th overall) of the 2013 draft.

In 11 games last year, he caught 24 passes for 391 yards and four touchdowns.

After making two selections in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, the 49ers enter Day 2 of the draft with two third-round picks -- No. 66 and No. 67 overall.

The 49ers also currently have two picks in the fourth round, two picks in the fifth round, two picks in the 6th round and one seventh round pick.