SANTA CLARA -- Running back Brandon Jacobs went to Twitter the day after sustaining an injury to inform his 16,000 followers he received good news after an MRI examination.The previous night after going down with a left knee injury against the Houston Texans, Jacobs, whose Twitter name is @gatorboy45, received a lot of tweets. Most of the contact he received from fans was positive.But Jacobs also re-tweeted five hateful messages he received anonymously -- each of which contained offensive words.Some of the messages questioned his manhood. Some took delight in seeing Jacobs get injured. Some expressed both sentiments.I asked Jacobs on Tuesday why he decided to share those comments?"Everybody thinks this life is all easy and you got to deal with nothing," Jacobs explained. "I like for people to see what else is out there, what else we deal with as NFL players. Let them see what it is that we go through."One person said, 'I hope you die a horrible death.' I tweeted him back saying, 'I'm sure my wife and my kids appreciate that. Have a good day.' It's stuff like that, it's uncalled for. There are some real dumb, stupid people out there."Jacobs previously was on Twitter but closed his account last season when he was going through some frustrating times with the New York Giants. He began a new account in May.Ultimately, Jacobs said he likes having the tools to connect with his followers. He also regularly posts photos on Instagram under the name @bigone45."There's no point having it if you're not going to connect with people," Jacobs said. "Twitter is a good way to communicate with your fans in a positive way."But it's also a great method for weak, heartless cowards. There are a lot of those people out there. It's more funny to me than anything to know there are stupid, dumb people out there like that. I deal with it and move on with my day.Jacobs said most of the feedback and interaction with fans is good-natured and positive. But he is also conditioned to expect everything."I've gotten great support from Giants fans," he said. "I've gotten negative from Giants fans. I've gotten great support from San Francisco fans. And I've gotten some negative from San Francisco fans, as well."I was on Twitter once before because I didn't know how to handle it. But I figured a way to handle it now, and I like it. . . I'm a little smarter. The people don't ruin my day, by any means. I just deal with it." Jacobs, who was on crutches for most of last week, is clearly moving a lot better. There is still a chance he could be available for the 49ers' regular-season opener Sept. 9 against the Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks might be in some trouble.
Seattle may lose its second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after failing to disclose Richard Sherman's knee injury, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
The league is reportedly mulling a penalty after Pete Carroll revealed on Monday that Sherman dealt with an MCL injury during the season.
Back in September, the NFL took away the Seahawks' fifth-round pick, fined the team $400,000 and fined Pete Carroll $200,000 for violating work rules that prohibit excessive contact in all offseason workouts.
The Seahawks will also forefit their first week of 2017 OTAs.
The 49ers, a team with no head coach and no general manager, on Thursday added their third player in the past week to a reserve/future contract.
The 49ers signed wide receiver Rashad Ross, a product of Vallejo High School. Ross has appeared in 20 NFL games the past three seasons with Chicago and Washington. In 2015, Ross caught eight passes for 184 yards and a touchdown in 13 games with Washington.
Ross (6 foot, 180 pounds) played collegiately at Arizona State via Butte College in Oroville. Ross caught 37 passes for 610 yards and six touchdowns in 2012 with the Sun Devils.
Washington released Ross on Dec. 22. In addition to seeing game against with Chicago and Washington, he has also been on the practice squads of Tennessee and Kansas City.
The 49ers also signed Nick Rose, a kicker who spent last offseason with the Atlanta Falcons, to a reserve/future contract on Wednesday. Rose made 27 of his 38 field-goal attempts duringhis four-year career at Texas.
Last week, the 49ers signed left-footed punter Brock Miller (Southern Utah) to a reserve/future contract. A reserve/future contract takes effect at the beginning of the new league year on March 9.
The 49ers’ personnel department remains intact after the firing of general manager Trent Baalke. Assistant general manager Tom Gamble and director of pro personnel Mike Williams are most likely responsible for the signings.
CEO Jed York said on Jan. 2 that the new head coach and general manager will have full power to assemble their staffs.