SANTA CLARA -- While declining to discuss the specifics of the situation, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday he supports offensive lineman Jonathan Martin in the wake of the Miami Dolphins bullying incident.

Martin, who played for Harbaugh at Stanford, received nothing but praise from his former coach.

"As far as that situation, there's only one thing I can intelligently comment on and that's knowing Jonathan Martin," Harbaugh said. "I know him to be a fine person and a great contributor as a student-athlete at Stanford. He epitomized the student-athlete model, and he's a personal friend. So I support Jonathan."

Harbaugh wouldn't say if he has reached out to Martin.

"I don't have any comment on that or anything else, because I wasn't there," he said. "I'm not in the locker room there, didn't see anything, didn't hear anything, haven't talked to anybody that did. So anything I said in any regard would be hearsay."

Harbaugh did say he had discussed the Dolphins controversy with his team.

"Yes, we have well discussed it and it's well understood what the policy is within the organization," the coach said, declining to give specifics of the 49ers' policy while the Martin development is raging in the media.

Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey said he hasn't seen any evidence of hazing since he has come to the 49ers.


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"I could tell right away the older guys, the veteran guys, try to look out for the younger guys," he said. "We don't really partake in all the hazing stuff. We just try to help them as much as we can throughout the year. At some point, you're going to need those guys, and you want them as comfortable and confident about themselves as they can be."

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