On Monday, news surfaced that the San Francisco 49ers had suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the reaminder of the season. The announcement comes just a day after former Oregon Ducks RB LaMichael James was featured as the team’s backup to starter Frank Gore.
The 49ers announced the suspension following Jim Harbaugh’s news conference but did not provide an explanation. Meanwhile, Jacobs already plans to file a grievance.
Most likely, however, as ESPN.com reported Monday evening, San Francisco suspended Jacobs because of a series of posts on multiple social media sites addressing his lack of playing time.
Jacobs posted on Twitter Monday night: “Thank you all for all your support, I am doing wonderful it’s not a big deal things happen, I am strong enough to get through this, again thank all of you for your support. #IWILLBEBACK.”
The former New York Giants power back has just five carries this season, his first year with the 49ers. He’s accumulated 7 rushing yards and has appeared in just two games.
This past week, the disgruntled Jacobs posted photos of himself playing for the Giants, in addition to posting a picture of his two New York Giants Super Bowl championship rings. He knew he was joining a crowded backfield in San Francisco, but he still believes he’s being treated unfairly by Harbaugh and the 49ers coaching staff.
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“I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners,” Jacobs said in an Instagram post Saturday. “This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”
Later that same day, Jacobs posted another rant, this time on Twitter: “I don’t understand why people are angry at me because I wanna do what I am paid to do, I am a competitive person, I think people should be mad if I didn’t wanna play. … As for all of my Instagram photos I don’t have any niner pics, if you’ll find me some pics I’ll put them up.”
Jacobs is the fourth-leading rusher in New York Giants history with 4,849 yards, but his role diminished in recent years as Ahman Bradshaw carried most of the load, eventually leading to Jacobs moving across the country to play for the 49ers.
According to ESPN.com, Jacobs “spends approximately 20 minutes before games punching the goal-post padding. He has said it is his way of dealing with the situation.”
With Jacobs now clearly out of the picture in the San Francisco backfield, backup duties to Gore will clearly be split by Anthony Dixon and former Oregon rusher LaMichael James, who made his NFL debut this weekend, picking up 124 total yards.
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