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.

Mark Helfrich provides insight into Chip Kelly's line of thinking

Mark Helfrich provides insight into Chip Kelly's line of thinking

Mark Helfrich had a strong indication he would be fired as Oregon’s head coach. And he said he told Chip Kelly recently he would have no hard feelings if Kelly left the 49ers to return to coach the Ducks.

Kelly this week said he is not interested in abandoning his job with the 49ers to coach in the college ranks. Helfrich suggested during a radio interview on Friday that Kelly told him the same thing privately.

When it was suggested that Kelly hated to recruit, Helfrich did not disagree.

"That's a fact," Helfrich said in an interview on ESPN Radio's Russillo and Kanell. "I don't know hated recruiting. . . a dislike. A strong dislike. But I think Chip has that challenge in his mind right now to make it right in the NFL.

"I had some of those conversations with him a couple weeks ago when it looked like this was going south. That was a very awkward converation, but (I) just wanted to let him know that to take our personal relationship out of it in every way, shape or form if he wanted to consider this.

"But, me, reading between the lines, I think he wants to make it right in the NFL. I think he wants to win at that level. He's had a rough go of it this year, but he'll get it right."

Kelly compiled a 46-7 record in four seasons in Eugene, Ore. He left after the 2012 season to accept the head-coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly was fired late last season and took the 49ers job two weeks later.

In Kelly’s first season with the 49ers, the club is 1-10. The 49ers are on a franchise-long 10-game losing streak entering Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Helfrich was 37-16 in his four seasons at Oregon after his promotion from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Kelly said he spoke with Helfrich the morning after he was fired.

“I just felt bad for Mark. I love him like a brother,” Kelly said. “He’s a tremendous person. He’s a hell of a football coach, but he’s an even better person. Just felt for him and the rest of the guys on that staff. It’s an unfortunate thing that goes on in this profession. We all know about it when we sign up, but when it happens you’re still taken aback by it.”

Kelly said he hoped his denial of any interest in the Oregon job would end all speculation about his future. When asked if intends to remain with the 49ers, Kelly said on Wednesday, “Yep. So we're all done with that, I hope."
 

Injury report: Dial set to return for 49ers; Patton, Lynch questionable

Injury report: Dial set to return for 49ers; Patton, Lynch questionable

Defensive lineman Quinton Dial, who sat out last week’s game with knee and neck issues, will return to action Sunday for the 49ers at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears.

Dial was not listed on the team’s injury report after going through two limited practices this week. The 49ers had only a walk-through Friday in Orlando, Fla., but Dial was cleared to return to full activity, the team announced.

Wide receiver Quinton Patton (concussion) and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle) were both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Patton appears to be on pace to be cleared in the NFL’s return-to-play concussion protocol. He has returned to non-contact football activity after sustaining a head injury last week against the Miami Dolphins.

Lynch has already missed four consecutive games with a high-ankle sprain. Lynch has appeared in only three games this season. He sat out the first four games of the year while serving a four-game suspension for violating the leageu’s policy of substances of abuse.

The Bears listed six players as questionable for the game, including outside linebackers Willie Young and rookie Leonard Floyd. Young leads Chicago with 6.5 sacks, while Floyd is second with five sacks.

Quarterback Jay Cutler has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. Matt Barkley will make his second career start.

49ERS
Questionable
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
WR Quinton Patton (concussion)

BEARS
Out
QB Jay Cutler (right shoulder)
Questionable
LB Willie Young (knee)
S Adrian Amos (foot)
WR Eddie Royal (toe)
LB Leonard Floyd (concussion)
CB Deiondre' Hall (ankle)
G Josh Sitton (ankle)