SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After getting sent home from Colorado last week while the 49ers were having joint practices with the Denver Broncos, 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has not been allowed to return to practice as of Sunday, according to his head coach Jim Tomsula.
"That's day to day. I have not been updated on that at all. So it's exactly where it is," Tomsula said, a day after San Francisco's 19-12 preseason loss the Broncos Saturday.
Brooks was asked to leave the team after he was given a misdemeanor sexual battery charge stemming from a December incident at former teammate Ray McDonald's house. The 49ers are still awaiting a decision from the NFL as to whether or not Brooks will be suspended or placed on the commissioners exempt list.
Brooks' absence from Saturday night's game allowed Tomsula to evaluated younger players outside linebacker. Third-year player Corey Lemonier and rookie Eli Harold started, which came as somewhat of a surprise given Aaron Lynch's emergence as a rookie in 2014, when he tied Brooks for the team lead with six sacks. Lynch didn't play until the second half against the Broncos reserves because Tomsula wanted to see Lemonier and Harold against Peyton Manning and the rest of the first unit.
"I like seeing them on the field together, and I like seeing them against the best the opponent had out there," Tomsula said. "I wouldn’t get overly exaggerated about them being terrific. I don’t think it was bad at all. I think there ups and downs, the consistency of it. I think that’s what we’re trying to sort out."
Lemonier registered a sack and four tackles in 42 snaps, while Harold notched two tackles in 39 snaps. With Brooks' short-term future in question, one of those players may be asked to start opposite Lynch in the regular season opener against the Vikings Sept. 14.
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