49ers’ Demarcus Dobbs suspended for Week 1
Defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs of the San Francisco 49ers has been suspended for Week 1 of the NFL regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Dobbs will still be able to practice with the 49ers, attend team meetings and other team activities, says ESPN, and is eligible to return on September 9, the day after the 49ers host the Green Bay Packers to start the 2013 season.
“The San Francisco 49ers organization supports the NFL’s code of conduct policy and their recent decision regarding Demarcus,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement, according to CBS Sports.
The exact cause for the suspension is still unknown. It is possible that it has something to do with Dobbs’ arrest on November 30 for possession of marijuana and possibly having been under the influence, but it is not yet clear. In this incident Dobbs was in a single-car accident, and this happened around a week before the death of Dallas Cowboy’s linebacker Jerry Brown died in an accident when teammate Josh Brent was driving.
“It was a wake-up call to me what happened to me,” Dobbs said at the time. “The thing that happened in Dallas, it makes me grateful that God was looking out for me. It could have been a lot worse in my situation. What happened in Dallas is unfortunate. It just goes to show what could have been. I’m grateful that I’m here and able to be on the team and go on and continue my life. That saddened me to hear that, but it made me count my blessings even more.”