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August 14, 2013
NFL suspends 49ers' Demarcus Dobbs one game


Demarcus Dobbs, who will serve as Justin Smith's primary backup this season at right defensive end, will miss the first game of the season after violating the league's policy on substance abuse. Dobbs was arrested last season for marijuana possession after he was involved in a single-car accident near the 49ers' training facility in Santa Clara.

Dobbs, 25, will be eligible to return to the 49ers' active roster on Monday, September 9 following the team's September 8 game against the Packers. Dobbs is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.

A statement from general manager Trent Baalke said: "The San Francisco 49ers organization supports the NFL's code of conduct policy and their recent decision regarding Demarcus."

Dobbs was arrested for marijuana possession and suspicion of DUI in November after crashing his car on San Tomas Expressway in Santa Clara. He was not injured in the accident, and no one else was in the car. Dobbs did not make the trip that week to St. Louis.

While Dobbs has been Justin Smith's primary backup this offseason, other players like Will Tukuafu, Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey also could step in at the position this year. Tony Jerod-Eddie and Lawrence Okoye likely will play there Friday against the Chiefs.

-- 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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