SANTA CLARA – Fullback Bruce Miller is expected to report to the 49ers’ facility on Wednesday and could be on practice field Thursday and Friday for organized team activities.
Miller had a 49ers playbook and has been working out in the Bay Area, agent Jack Reale told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday. Miller pleaded no contest on Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace, stemming from an incident in March involving his former fiancée.
As part of his sentence, Miller agreed to attend a 16-week domestic violence counseling course. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office said the order to complete the course is standard in a case in which the defendant has no prior criminal history and there was no physical injury.
Miller was originally arrested in March for suspicion of spousal abuse. The charge was later reduced to vandalism, as Miller allegedly threw his ex-fiancee’s cell phone against a wall.
Miller, 27, a four-year veteran, could face discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Reale said he does not believe the league will find any basis for punishment after multiple witnesses told investigators there was no physical contact.
“What was demonstrated to have occurred was an argument,” Reale said. “No physical contact. It was inaccurately reported in the media and the initial charge as a spousal-abuse situation, which it wasn’t. I’d think when the league does its own due diligence it will decide there’s nothing here that needs to be disciplined.”
An NFL spokesman told CSNBayArea.com that the matter is under review.
The 49ers advised Miller to remain away from offseason workouts until there was a resolution in the case. The 49ers’ offseason program concludes with workouts Thursday and Friday, and next week’s mandatory three-day minicamp.
“They know him very well,” Reale said. “They know what kind of person he is. I think they were very skeptical about the reports from the very beginning and let the investigation play out and it proved to be what most people thought, which is what was initially reported was not what had occurred.”
Miller will likely take a physical and meet with general manager Trent Baalke and coaches on Wednesday at the team’s offices in Santa Clara.
“The 49ers organization is aware of (Tuesday’s) proceedings involving Bruce Miller,” Baalke said in a statement. “Bruce knows what we expect of him as a member of this team and he has committed to taking the necessary steps to grow from this experience.”