Just before their evening practice Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers announced that third-year defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs was suspended for the first game of the season.
The suspension was announced jointly by the NFL and the 49ers for a violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. This past November, on Dobbs’ 25th birthday, he was arrested after a one-car accident for suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana according to ESPN.
Trent Baalke, general manager of the 49ers, released a statement to the Associated Press saying, “the San Francisco 49ers organization supports the NFL’s code of conduct policy and their recent decision regarding Demarcus.”
Dobbs was luckily not injured in the crash, which occurred shortly before Dallas Cowboy‘s linebacker Jerry Brown died. Dobbs reportedly swerved off of the road and ran into a chain-link fence and bush before being arrested according to ESPN.
The 49ers play the Green Bay Packers in their opening game for the second straight season, and shouldn’t miss Dobbs too much as he is currently listed fourth on their depth chart at the defensive end position. Dobbs has also seen limited playing time in his career as a blocking tight end in some of head coach Jim Harbaugh’s power formations.
Dobbs was an undrafted free agent out of Georgia who signed with the team in 2011. He is well respected on the team for his work ethic and has expressed sincere remorse to both his teammates and fans since the incident — which likely shortened his suspension.
Dobbs was not available for comment on Wednesday.