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49ers notes: Aldon Smith named in lawsuit

Published: Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013 - 6:18 am

SANTA CLARA – Aldon Smith said Wednesday he wasn't surprised by a lawsuit filed by a man who said he was shot at a party at the 49ers outside linebacker's house last year.

In a suit filed Tuesday in Santa Clara Superior Court, Ronndale Esporlas says Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker, now with the Tennessee Titans, illegally fired weapons in an attempt to disperse the crowd at a sprawling party at Smith's San Jose home in June 2012.

"Things happen, and you just got to focus on the things you do," Smith said. "So I'm focused on playing against Green Bay, and see how it goes."

Walker had a different reaction.

"Most definitely I was shocked, to see something like that on national TV with my name put through the mud," Walker told The (Nashville) Tennessean. "But I'm not focusing on that."

According to police reports at the time, two people were shot at the party and Smith suffered stab wounds to his torso.

When police arrived at the house in the foothills east of downtown San Jose, hundreds of partygoers were exiting the home. No one was charged in the incident.

In the lawsuit, Esporlas says he was shot twice when people near the street started firing back toward Smith's house.

The 49ers issued a statement Wednesday saying they have been "aware of this matter concerning Aldon Smith for some time. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, but will have no further comment at this time, as this is an ongoing legal matter."

Willis on hand – Inside linebacker Patrick Willis, who missed the preseason with a broken right hand, went through Wednesday's practice wearing only a glove as protection.

Willis broke the hand during a pass-rushing drill July 31, the fourth time since he was a junior at Ole Miss he'd broken a bone in that hand. He played with a club protecting it on the three earlier occasions but said he didn't know what he'd be wearing Sunday against the Packers.

"Hopefully it's going to be nothing," he said.

Whatever the case, Willis said he wouldn't allow his injury to be an excuse for poor play.

"If I miss a tackle, it's because I didn't wrap up," he said. "If I miss an interception, it's because I dropped it."

Asomugha ailing – Nnamdi Asomugha, the 49ers' presumed No. 3 cornerback, practiced in a blue, non-contact jersey because of an injured collarbone.

Asomugha was one of only two players on the 49ers' initial practice report.

Running back LaMichael James did not practice with a sprained knee.

In last year's Week 1 game against the pass-heavy Packers, the team's No. 3 cornerback, Chris Culliver, played 90 percent of the defensive snaps. In the rematch in January, he played 83 percent of the snaps. Culliver is out for the season with an ACL tear.

For the Packers, cornerback Casey Hayward (hamstring) will not play Sunday and cornerback Jarrett Bush was limited in practice with an ankle injury.

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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