GM: Ahmad Brooks still with 49ers, but long-term status still being mulled

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Thursday that Ahmad Brooks "is still a member of this team," but there isn't a timetable on deciding his long-term status, a day after the linebacker was charged with misdemeanor sexual battery.

"We excused him from team activities to get on top of this," Baalke told reporters in Denver, where the 49ers are scheduled to hold joint practices with the Broncos before Saturday's preseason game.

"Obviously when you're in a situation like this, it's important that you get back to your family. It's also important for him to start taking care of business on his end. And it's our job to stay focused here on what we need to stay focused on."

The NFL told ESPN's Adam Caplan that Brooks' situation is under review by the league.

The 49ers sent Brooks home to the Bay Area from Colorado on Thursday.

A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted Brooks and former 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on Wednesday, stemming from an incident on Dec. 15 at McDonald's home. McDonald was charged with one count of rape of an intoxicated person.

Brooks faces a maximum of six months in jail. His arraignment hadn't been scheduled. McDonald is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 25. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison.

"The one thing that we have to realize is this is not a new matter," Baalke told reporters. "This is a new development within that matter. Our players are well aware of the consequence that go along with their actions and are supportive of it. But they also understand that every situation is different."

In a civil lawsuit filed in May against both men, a woman accused Brooks of groping her while she was unconscious at McDonald's home.

The woman said she slipped and fell on a pool deck at McDonald's house in December 2014 and continued to fall after that because of her initial head injury and alcohol consumption. McDonald, according to the suit, initially thought she was dead but did not call 911. He told others he didn't want a dead woman found on his property, according to the suit.

At some point, Brooks groped her before McDonald carried her upstairs to his bedroom and sexually assaulted her, the lawsuit asserts.

In December, the Niners parted ways with McDonald, who had been a key member of one of the NFL's most effective front seven units.

Brooks, 31, had his own problems last year -- being benched by former coach Jim Harbaugh and missing some team activities -- and his status was uncertain going into the offseason. He said, however that he had begun training camp with a new outlook and was back in shape thanks to a rigorous offseason routine.

Less than three weeks ago, the 49ers released linebacker Aldon Smith after his fifth arrest since 2011, his third involving DUI.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.