Bryant suspended for violating substance abuse policy - 12/22/2006
The already long odds of the San Francisco 49ers making the playoffs became significantly longer Friday when the NFL suspended wide receiver Antonio Bryant four games for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
The sanction stems from Bryant's arrest last month on suspicion of drunken driving, reckless driving and resisting arrest.
Bryant, 25, will miss the final two regular-season games and, if the 49ers advance to postseason play, the suspension will carry into the playoffs. If San Francisco does not make the playoffs, Bryant will sit out the first two games of the 2007 season, a league spokesman said late Friday afternoon.
The wide receiver will forfeit $147,058 of his $1.25 million base salary for 2006. He will be docked the same amount for the first two games in 2007 if the suspension carries over to next year. Bryant signed a four-year, $15 million with the 49ers as an unrestricted free agent this spring.
In 14 games this season, including 13 starts, Bryant has 40 receptions for 733 yards and three touchdowns. The receiving yards and his average yards per catch (18.3) are team highs. The three touchdown catches tie for the club lead.
Bryant was arrested Nov. 20, hours after the 49ers upset the Seattle Seahawks in a home game. The incident occurred on Highway 101 near San Mateo, Calif., when Bryant was stopped by local police for allegedly driving "in excess of 100 mph" in his orange Lamborghini, according to an official report.
The report noted that Bryant was "uncooperative and combative," and he subsequently was jailed for several hours.
Bryant refused to take a field sobriety test, according to Capt. Kevin Raffaelli of the San Mateo Police Department. Officers were forced to use leather restraints to get Bryant into the police cruiser.
Under state law, Bryant had his driver's license suspended because he did not agree to the field sobriety test. The wide receiver is scheduled to appear in court next week to address the charges. Bryant already has dropped his appeal with the league.
If the suspension carries into the 2007 season, Bryant will be able to attend training camp and to play in the preseason. The continuation of the suspension would pick up the first week of the regular season.
Already with his third NFL franchise in only five seasons, Bryant has long had a reputation as a troubled player, dating back to his college career at the University of Pittsburgh. He entered the league with the Dallas Cowboys in 2002 and, in 2004, had an infamous flare-up in camp, in which he tossed his practice shirt at coach Bill Parcells.
The Cowboys traded Bryant to Cleveland in 2004 and, after two productive seasons with the Browns, he signed with the 49ers this spring.
In 77 games, including 56 starts, Bryant has 250 receptions for 3,837 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Niners reeling backward after shutout loss - 10/03/2006
The San Francisco 49ers are back to normal, and that's no good.
Their encouraging start to coach Mike Nolan's second season came to a crashing halt in a 41-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, just the once-powerful franchise's second shutout loss in 454 games since 1977.
Niners not worried about Bryant's fire, feistiness - 09/19/2006
Bryant reacted angrily when quarterback Alex Smith overthrew him a few times in the first half of San Francisco's 20-13 win over the St. Louis Rams. The receiver gestured theatrically and stomped off the field, then later had an animated discussion with receivers coach Jerry Sullivan on the way to the locker room.
While the tantrums were delicious fodder for TV highlights and talk radio, the 49ers (1-1) don't see any problem with Bryant or his passion.
Fantasy Impact: Bryant and Smith seem to be on the same page, so there really isn't much to sweat here from a fantasy perspective.
Big plays help 49ers beat Rams 20-13 - 09/17/2006
When Antonio Bryant heard the next play call, he stuck his head in the San Francisco 49ers' huddle and yelled something foolish.
"Meet me in the end zone," the receiver told his offensive line.
That would've been downright hilarious from a member of last season's woeful 49ers -- but then Bryant made a 72-yard touchdown catch, keying San Francisco's 20-13 victory over the St. Louis Rams.
The 49ers' defense also looked tougher than most expected, sacking Marc Bulger six times and holding strong in the final minutes of San Francisco's second straight home-opening win over its oldest rival.
Though the postgame scene wasn't nearly as festive as the back-slapping, handshaking party after last season's opening win, coach Mike Nolan again sees progress from his club. Alex Smith passed for 233 yards and Frank Gore rushed for 127 -- including a 32-yard score -- as the 49ers (1-1) followed up a narrow loss at Arizona last week with a cohesive victory.
The Rams (1-1) have abandoned the "Greatest Show on Turf" offense that tormented the Niners for so many years -- and they've scored just one touchdown in their first two games under new coach Scott Linehan.
Steven Jackson rushed for 103 yards, but mistakes and big stops limited the Rams to three points and 118 yards in the second half.
Cowboys article roundup - 08/26/2006
Source: Blogging the Boys
Jaime Aron takes a look at some ex-Cowboys returning to Dallas tonight in the uniform of the 49ers.