Aldon Smith today said he was at ex-teammate Ray McDonald’s house for close to an hour on Dec. 15 but “didn’t drink one thing.”
“And as far as it goes, relating to that, I have nothing else to say,” Smith said. “That’s not my issue or my problem.”
The 49ers released McDonald on Dec. 17, one day after San Jose police served a warrant at his house after a woman said she may have been sexually assaulted by McDonald the night before.
In a search warrant affidavit released Monday, the woman said Smith arrived at McDonald’s house a day after the alleged assault and that she, McDonald and Smith went to a store, bought vodka and cranberry juice and “started drinking again at (McDonald’s) house and remained there until later that night.” That’s when McDonald conceded to the woman that a sexual encounter occurred the night before, according to the court documents.
Smith’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, also said that Smith, who is on probation for a September 2013 DUI, had nothing to drink before leaving McDonald’s home for a charity event later that afternoon. The 49ers have said they will look into the matter.
Injury watch – The 49ers began their work week earlier than normal, and they did so without several injured players.
Among those not on hand for Tuesday’s practice were starting cornerback Perrish Cox, whose right arm was in a sling after he injured his shoulder Saturday against San Diego. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said there was a 50-50 chance Cox, who leads the team with five interceptions, plays in Sunday’s finale against visiting Arizona.
Starters Eric Reid (concussion) and Justin Smith (back), as well as running back Carlos Hyde (ankle) and wide receiver Stevie Johnson (knee), also were missing.
Some players, however, were back at practice after missing or sitting out chunks of Saturday’s game. That list includes linebacker Ahmad Brooks (thumb) and cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring) as well as Michael Crabtree (knee), who left the Chargers contest before returning because of injuries to other receivers. One of those receivers, Bruce Ellington (hamstring), also was on hand Tuesday.
Fangio said he thought Brooks had a better-than-average chance of playing Sunday.
The 49ers held a practice Tuesday in part because their last game was on Saturday and in part because there is not one scheduled for Christmas on Thursday.
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