New LB Clark Haggans to Sit for Three Games

Newly signed OLB Clark Haggans will miss the 49ers’ next three games after being suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

Haggans was convicted of DUI in 2011 as a member of the Cardinals. His agent, Jeff Sperbeck, tried to have that suspension reduced during a hearing two weeks ago. The league could have suspended Haggans as much as six games.

“Earlier today the team was made aware of the NFL’s decision to suspend Clark Haggans for three games,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “We were certainly aware that this decision was a possibility as we evaluated

Clark prior to adding him to our roster. Therefore, we are prepared to move forward accordingly.”

The 49ers signed Haggans, 35, on Sept. 3 after shelving the top backup at the position, Parys Haralson, for the season with a torn triceps. Haggans suited up for the first two games but did not play a snap. He can return to the active roster on Oct. 8, one day after the 49ers host the Bills.

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