Needing young cornerback depth, the 49ers took a flier on Perrish Cox, formerly of the Denver Broncos, this offseason, signing him to a bare minimum deal. Cox, 25, had recently been cleared of sexual assault charges and while he didn’t play in 2011 while dealing with the trial, the 49ers took a chance on a former starter.
However, they might not get his services for the entire 16 games this year as CSN Bay Area reports he could still face league discipline. This certainly wouldn’t be unprecedented. Just ask Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended for 4 games in 2010 after sexual assault accusations and his case never even went to trial. It’s also worth noting that Cox is facing a civil lawsuit from the alleged victim, as is former Broncos teammate Demaryius Thomas, who was allegedly present around the time of the incident. When Cox is available for the 49ers in 2012, he’ll likely just be a depth cornerback.