NINERS LINEBACKER INJURED IN PRACTICE
CALIF.» The 49ers are concerned that linebacker Malcolm Smith, one of their most coveted additions in free agency, may have suffered a significant injury Saturday during practice inside Levi’s Stadium.
Smith, 28, left the field during fullteam drills with an apparent upperbody injury after working with the starters throughout training camp next to all-pro Navorro Bowman in the 49ers’ new-look defense.
“We think it was his chest area. Don’t know for sure. But that’s what it looked like,” said first-year 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.
Smith, the MVP of Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning team in the 2013 season, was brought in by San Francisco on a five-year contract in March.
Dolphins reach out to Cutler.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase said he reached out to free-agent quarterback Jay Cutler, who showed interest in signing with the team.
But Gase said he doesn’t think the Dolphins are close to signing a quarterback in the wake of starter Ryan Tannehill’s knee injury, which could sideline the former Texas A&M star for the entire season.
Gase said he’d like to determine Tannehill’s status before bringing in another quarterback. Cutler would likely compete with Miami backup Matt Moore for the starting job.
Eagles’ Gallagher dies at 88.
Eagles executive Jim Gallagher died at 88 after spending almost a half century with the team.
Gallagher joined the Eagles in 1949 and retired in 1995. He was named personnel director in 1957 and later was public relations director, sales and marketing director, alumni relations director and traveling secretary. — The Associated Press