49ers defensive tackle Demarcus Dobbs has been suspended for the first game of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Dobbs was arrested last year for marijuana possession after he was involved in a single car accident near the 49ers’ training facility. He did not sustain any injuries and was the only person in the car.
Dobbs will be allowed to practice with the team and participate in all preseason games, he is just ineligible to play in the opening contest against the Packers. Dobbs is listed as Justin Smith‘s primary backup this season which is significant because the 49ers may already be a little thin at defensive line. Rookies Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial are still not close to game action as they recover from injuries sustained in college and will also not be available week one.
General Manager Trent Baalke issued the following statement on the matter:
“The San Francisco 49ers organization supports the NFL’s code of conduct policy and their recent decision regarding Demarcus.”