NFL Notes: 49ers waive Nnamdi Asomugha

NFL Notes: 49ers waive Nnamdi Asomugha

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November 4, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Former Eagles CB Nnamdi Asomugha will reportedly be released by the San Francisco 49ers when they activate cornerback Eric Wright. (USA Today Images)

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco 49ers waived former Eagles cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha on Monday and activated cornerback Eric Wright from the reserve/non-football injury list. 

The 32-year-old Asomugha began the season as San Francisco's No. 3 cornerback and started in a Week 1 win against Green Bay, then played the next two games but hasn't seen the field since Sept. 22 and had only two tackles. He also dealt with a knee injury, but was inactive the past three games even once healthy again.

Following a largely disappointing two-year tenure with the Eagles, Asomugha had envisioned a successful new start in his 11th season while back in the Bay Area after he played for California in college, then the Oakland Raiders. He signed a one-year deal with the 49ers earlier this year.

The 49ers also activated wide receiver Mario Manningham from the physically unable to perform list. He will be available for Sunday's home game against the Carolina Panthers.

Manningham made 42 receptions for 449 yards and one touchdown in 12 games and 10 starts last season before injuring his left knee in a loss at Seattle Dec. 23. He underwent reconstructive surgery to repair torn anterior cruciate and posterior cruciate ligaments.

He has been practicing for two weeks and the Niners had until Tuesday to decide whether to add him to the 53-man roster from the PUP list.

Dolphins: Incognito banned for bullying
DAVIE, Fla. -- Suspended Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito sent text messages to teammate Jonathan Martin that were racist and threatening, two people familiar with the situation said Monday. 

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins and NFL haven't disclosed the nature of the misconduct that led to Incognito's suspension.

Martin, a tackle, remained absent from practice Monday one week after he suddenly left the team. Also missing was Incognito, suspended indefinitely late Sunday by Miami for his treatment of Martin.

The team and NFL continued their investigation into allegations by Martin's representatives that he was bullied. The NFL Players Association also planned to look into the matter.

The 319-pound Incognito, a ninth-year pro, is white. The 312-pound Martin, who is in his second NFL season, is black.

It's unclear whether Dolphins coaches and management had any inkling of harassment between players before Martin left the team. Recent rumblings of locker-room dissension have also included complaints by young players that they're pressured to pay more than their share when team members socialize together (see full story).

Texans: Kubiak remains hospitalized
HOUSTON -- Texans coach Gary Kubiak will remain hospitalized until at least Tuesday after collapsing on the field at halftime of Houston's 27-24 loss to Indianapolis.

The team said the 52-year-old Kubiak experienced "dizziness and a light-headed feeling" during Sunday night's game before being taken by ambulance to a hospital. The Texans have not said what caused the problem, saying only that Kubiak has gone through a battery of tests and is with his family.

"Gary is alert, coherent and in good spirits," general manager Rick Smith said Monday as questions swirled about the coach's health. "He is continuing to be evaluated and monitored."

Kubiak will remain at the hospital for at least the next 24 hours, the team said, leaving the reeling Texans, losers of six straight, left to wonder when he'll return.

"There was a lot of unknown," said defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who coached the team after halftime. "Everything was unknown as to what was going on and what happened to Kube."

Kubiak hunched over and dropped to his knees at the 24-yard line and he was immediately surrounded by medical personnel. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and put in an ambulance (see full story).

 

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