NFC West Blog
Despite an impressive preseason, which included three sacks in four games, rookie defensive end Michael Sam has been released by the Rams. Sam, a seventh-round pick in May, was attempting to make the roster as a situational pass rusher.
The NFL announced Friday that it has suspended 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for nine games. The long suspension stems from Smith violating the league's personal conduct policy and the substance abuse policy. Smith has already lost his appeal. He will be eligible to return for San Fran's game on Nov. 10 versus the Saints.
Rams quarterback Sam Bradford re-tore his left ACL in Saturday night's preseason game versus the Browns, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Bradford missed half of the 2013 season after tearing the same ligament. Shaun Hill is considered the team's starting QB for now.
49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree played in five games last season, but that wasn't really Michael Crabtree. The sixth-year wideout said it himself last week: "I was fast enough to be on the field. But I wasn't me."
This is understandable, of course, as Crabtree was coming back from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in the spring. He is fully healthy now, and quarterback Colin Kaepernick has noticed an improved Crabtree on the field.