Miller arrested for spousal battery

49ers fullback Bruce Miller was arrested Thursday, adding to the team's string of off-the-field issues.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller was arrested Thursday, March 5 for alleged battery of a spouse, according to multiple reports citing the Santa Clara County Police.

"The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Bruce Miller,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a release. "We were disappointed to learn of these reports and will do our due diligence in collecting all relevant information."

Reports indicate the investigation has been turned over by the police to Santa Clara County District Attorney's office.

It's yet another run in with the law for the 49ers, who led the NFL in arrests during former head coach Jim Harbaugh's tenure from 2011 through last season. In December, the team released defensive lineman Ray McDonald after he was arrested for a second incident involving a woman since August. Before his second arrest, McDonald did not miss a start, with the organization citing "due process" at all levels, from ownership down to the head coach allowing him to play.

Miller, 27, built a sterling reputation with the team and has been one of the most affable players in the locker room since getting drafted in the seventh round in 2011. He made the transition from defensive line at Central Florida to become a productive fullback in the NFL.

Last offseason, Miller signed a three-year, $5.4 million extension through 2017, making him the third-highest paid fullback in the league.

Following the team's parting with Harbaugh in December, 49ers CEO Jed York said, "I talked about winning with class. I said (to players), ‘you guys are responsible for how you act outside of this building. Don’t get cut because of something you do off the field. You’re the one’s that control that.’ And that needs to come directly from me. And when that slips you see level of accountability slip and that’s not acceptable."

Last spring, the 49ers used a seventh-round pick on fullback Trey Millard out of Oklahoma, who sat out his rookie season while recovering from an ACL tear.

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