Harbaugh: Cheaters not welcome on 49ers

McClatchy news servicesJune 12, 2013 

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has used the recent run of suspensions on the division rival Seattle Seahawks for performance-enhancing drug infractions as a reminder to his own San Francisco team: Cheating won’t be tolerated.

Harbaugh’s reigning NFC champion 49ers had begun their three-day minicamp Tuesday when the coach was asked about the issue surrounding the Seahawks.

“Is it a concern? I’ve definitely noticed it,” Harbaugh said of the Seahawks. “You don’t know what it is. Even when people say what it is, you don’t know that that’s what it is. I’ve heard this thrown out or that, but that’s usually the agents or the players themselves saying it’s, for example, Adderall. But the NFL doesn’t release what it actually is, so you have no idea. You’re taking somebody at their word that I don’t know if you can take them at their word, understanding the circumstances.”

Defensive end Bruce Irvin last month became the fifth Seahawks player on the 53-man roster since 2011 to be suspended for using a performance-enhancing substance. The others were John Moffitt, Allen Barbre, Winston Guy and Brandon Browner. A sixth player, cornerback Richard Sherman, had his suspension overturned on appeal.

Harbaugh said he has made it clear to his players that he won’t accept breaking the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs for a perceived edge.

“It has no place in an athlete’s body. Play by the rules,” Harbaugh said. “You always want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.’ ”

TEBOW JOINS PATRIOTS

Tim Tebow participated in his first practice with the New England Patriots after signing a two-year contract with the team.

He was listed as the team’s third-string quarterback behind starter Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett, who wears Tebow’s preferred No. 15. Tebow wore No. 5.

Tebow has been reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who was his head coach with the Denver Broncos in 2011, when Tebow had his greatest pro success.

“It’s such an honor to be a Patriot and play for coach (Bill) Belichick and coach McDaniels, learn under Tom and to be a part of this great franchise and part of a very successful franchise,” Tebow said. “I found that out firsthand. I lost to them several times.”

EXTRA POINTS

The Jaguars claimed quarterback Mike Kafka off waivers from the Patriots. Kafka was waived to create a roster spot for Tebow. … Texans safety Ed Reed is still rehabbing after hip surgery and said he isn’t sure whether he’ll be ready to play in the season opener Sept. 9. … Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded not guilty to an assault charge after Cincinnati police say he tried to hurt a woman. … The Colts signed free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who rushed for 1,015 yards last season for the Giants. … Vonta Leach was released by the Ravens, who failed to agree on a restructured contract with the three-time All-Pro fullback. … The Saints signed free agent cornerback and return man Chris Carr.

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