The San Francisco 49ers learned on Tuesday that fullback Bruce Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism. Matt Barrows has reported Miller pleaded not guilty to the charge. His next court date is May 26.
That date is notable because Matt Maiocco is reporting that he has heard Miller will remain away from the 49ers until there is a conclusion to his legal issues. Miller had been away from the 49ers offseason program thus far, and GM Trent Baalke acknowledged it was to let him sort through his personal issues.
Miller technically faces up to a year in county jail if found guilty of this misdemeanor vandalism charge. In reality, he will likely pay a fine and probably have to attend some kind of anger management classes. It just seems highly unlikely that we see him do any jail time for this.
That being said, we will likely not see him at the 49ers facility for some time. I would hope he works out some kind of deal and moves past this, but who knows how long that will take. The 49ers have their OTAs starting later this month on may 19. They have OTAs May 19-21, May 27-29, June 1-2 and June 4-5. That is followed by a mandatory minicamp June 9-11.
At this point, I would not be surprised if Miller missed the whole offseason program, but obviously that is dependent on the legal process.