No suspects identified in Smith investigation

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No suspects identified in Smith investigation

The investigation into a Saturday 911 call that resulted in sheriff's deputies being called to the San Jose home of 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith -- following a shooting and a stabbing -- continued Monday with a spokesperson telling Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that detectives have not identified a suspect or suspects.

Santa Clara County Sheriff press officer Jose Cordoza indicated that detectives have follow-up interviews to conduct with people who were there and hope that they can generate additional information from that process.

According to the Santa Clara Sheriff's Office, officers responded to a 911 call at 2:14 a.m. from a large house party hosted by Smith, and transported three victims to local hospitals with non-life-threatening wounds.

Responding deputies were met by a large crowd and located two gunshot victims and one stabbing victim.

Multiple sources told CSNBayArea.com Saturday evening that Smith sustained minor stab wounds, most likely from a small pocketknife, while he attempted to break up a fight. The location of the wounds are believed to be in his shoulder and abdomen.

Smith was admitted to the emergency room at Regional Medical Center in San Jose. He was treated and released at 5 a.m., a hospital source told CSNBayArea.com.

Smith's first NFL offseason has been tumultuous. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Miami Beach on Jan. 28, booked in Miami-Dade County jail and held on 1,000 bond. Smith recently told CSNBayAreas Mindi Bach that he was not officially charged and the issue was behind him. He declined further comment.

Smiths mother, reached over the weekend at her home in Missouri, declined comment on her sons condition.

Agent Ben Dogra, who represents Smith, also declined comment.

Smith, the No. 7 overall pick of the 49ers last year, signed a four-year, 14.38 million contract that included a signing bonus of 8.96 million.

He recorded 14 sacks and 30 tackles in 16 games, as well as two sacks and four tackles in two postseason games.

Smith, 22, surpassed Charles Haley's mark of 13 for the most sacks by a rookie in a 49ers season, and came up a half sack shy of Jevon Kearse's all-time rookie record of 14.5 sacks.

Bowman guarantees he will not be odd-man out of 49ers' competition

Bowman guarantees he will not be odd-man out of 49ers' competition

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers’ biggest free-agent acquisition on defense and one of the team’s first-round draft picks play the same position.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he is holding off on thinking about how everything is going to play out this season at the linebacker position.

“I really try not to envision it too hard because I see a lot of good players there,” Shanahan said Tuesday during the 49ers’ first week of organized team activities.

The 49ers awarded weakside linebacker Malcolm Smith guaranteed money as an unrestricted free agent totaling approximately $12 million. Then, on the first day of the draft, the 49ers’ No. 3 rated prospect experienced a free fall, and the club traded into the back end of the first round to select him.

While Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has been sidelined through the offseason program as he recovers from shoulder injury, he figures to compete with Smith for the starting job. Foster will also learn middle linebacker, where NaVorro Bowman has earned first-team All-Pro honors in four seasons.

Bowman looks to be nearly all the way back from a torn Achilles that limited him to just four games last season.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Shanahan said. “Seeing Bow out here and how healthy he’s been, knowing we’ve added some good free agents, and the way the draft worked out, having a linebacker we had ranked very highly fall to us at the end of the first round. We got a lot better pretty fast.

“When you ask me how it’s going to play out, I’m not sure. It’s a good problem to have. It’s something you’d like to have any every position. There’s going to be a very good player who’s not out there all the time. That’s not a bad thing. That makes the two guys who are out there go a lot harder and play better. It makes special teams better and it allowed you to survive injuries, which almost always happen.”

Bowman’s vision for the upcoming season includes him retaining his role in the middle of the 49ers’ defense.

"I won't be on the sideline, I'll tell you that right now,” Bowman said.

Bowman said he was not fazed with the 49ers selected Foster in the first round. Foster is likely considered the heir apparent to Bowman.

Shanahan called Bowman after the selection of Foster was made, but Bowman said he did not need to speak with the coach about why the selection was made.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Bowman said of the phone call, “but it was good to hear from him, to see that he had something to say or an idea of what he wanted to get across to me.

“But we haven’t talked about it. I did that on purpose. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll compete with anyone, whether he’s 21 or 35. It doesn’t matter. I’m a guy who’s going to give my best effort and have full confidence in my abilities to play this game. I know how much I study this game. I know how good I am and that’s what was going to bring back here.

“It’s always a competition. There’s always someone trying to take your spot. As a player, if you keep that in mind, you’ll always put the work in that’s needed.”

 

49ers reissue Bryant Young's number

49ers reissue Bryant Young's number

SANTA CLARA -- For the first time since Bryant Young retired following the 2007 season, the 49ers have placed his old number back into service.

Linebacker Dekoda Watson was issued No. 97 for the team’s organized team activities this week.

Young was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and eight-time winner of the Len Eshmont Award as the 49ers’ most inspirational and courageous player. No 49ers player has worn No. 97 in the past nine seasons or offseasons.

Rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is now wearing No. 94 after being issued No. 96 for the rookie minicamp. Linebacker Reuben Foster is wearing No. 56.

Rookie defensive tackle D.J. Jones now wearing No. 96. Cornerback Rashard Robinson switched back to No. 33 after an earlier change to No. 26. Running back Kapri Bibbs is now 26. Rookie running back Joe Williams is No. 32 after wearing No. 33 at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles over the weekend. Veteran running back Tim Hightower is wearing No. 22.