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December 10, 2012
Is Jacobs still part of the team? Harbaugh: No comment


Brandon Jacobs has had plenty to say over the past few days about his role on the 49ers. Jim Harbaugh, however, was not nearly as verbose today. "I don't ... I really don't have a comment for you on that at this point," Harbaugh said when asked about Jacobs. "No comment.

Have you spoken to him?

JH: "No comment."

Is he still part of the team?

JH: "I'll go with the fifth amendment. I have no comment on that."

Did you know when you acquired him that he had a tendency to complain about playing time?

JH: "Yeah, at this time, at this hour, I choose to have no comment."

Last week Jacobs incurred the wrath of 49ers fans by posting pictures of him in a Giants uniform. "I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners." Jacobs shot back on Instagram.  "This is by far the worst year I ever had, I'll tell you like I told plenty others."

Also on Instagram, Jacobs wrote, presumably of the 49ers: "They won't let me out, I tried."

On Saturday, Jacobs turned to Twitter to explain himself: "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, but I forgot the people that's pissed they don't have a athletic bone and their body. 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 was not active for Sunday's game. Notably, the team's other backup running backs, LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon played well behind Frank Gore. Jacobs did have a pre-game chat with general manager Trent Baalke that appeared to be amicable. The emotional Jacobs also was observed cheering heartily for his 49ers teammates during the game.

Jacobs' agent said he hasn't been notified that the 49ers are planning any roster moves involving Jacobs. The 49ers acquired Jacobs in the offseason as a veteran backup for Gore. And while the 49ers are deep in young running backs, they don't have anyone behind Gore who has experience, less so now that Kendall Hunter is out for the season. Furthermore, the Giants -- a potential playoff foe -- currently are light on running backs.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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