49ers suspend Jacobs for final three games

49ers suspend Jacobs for final three games
December 10, 2012, 2:00 pm
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Brandon Jacobs performed his usual pregame routine of punching the goal post before Sunday's game against the Dolphins and was suspended a day later. (AP)

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Monday suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the final three games of the regular season, the team announced.

The 49ers' suspension of Jacobs is without pay, which would cost him $167,000 in base pay. There is an appeals process for players who are suspended, and Jacobs would be expected to go through that process.

The move prevents Jacobs from going to another team to help them in the final weeks of the regular season and, potentially, the playoffs.

In the end, Jacobs' tenure with the 49ers will likely be remembered more for tweets and Instagram photos than yards and touchdowns.

Several days after Jacobs complained to his followers about his playing time -- or lack thereof -- the 49ers suspended Jacobs for the remainder of the regular season.

Jacobs was active for just three games, and his season stat line consisted of five rushing attempts for 7 yards. He was not active Sunday in the 49ers' 27-13 victory over the Miami Dolphins, as LaMichael James and Anthony Dixon handled the backup running back duties behind starter Frank Gore.

When asked at his Monday press conference to clarify Jacobs' status on the team, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh answered, "No comment."

The 49ers supplied no reason for Jacobs' suspension. General manager Trent Baalke, speaking on 95.7 The Game, did not get into specifics. He spoke with Jacobs early Monday afternoon, he said.

"It comes down to the team and making the best decisions we can for the team," Baalke said. "We'll leave it at that. But the discussion was amicable."

Last week, presumably after Jacobs found out he would not be active for Sunday's game, he went to social media to express his displeasure with the 49ers.

"I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners," Jacobs wrote on Instagram in response to fans' complains that he posted only photos of himself while with the New York Giants. "This is by far the worst year I ever had, I'll tell you like I told plenty others."

Jacobs spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Giants. He scored 56 career touchdowns with the Giants, and was a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams.

The New York Giants released Jacobs after last season, and he signed a one-year contract with the 49ers that included $950,000 in base pay and a $150,000 signing bonus. He also collected an additional $12,500 for each of the three games that he suited up.

Jacobs sustained a knee injury in the 49ers' second exhibition game but was declared healthy in time to participate in the 49ers' fourth game of the season. However, he was unable to convince the 49ers' coaching staff that he could become a contributor. Last week, Jacobs even took an apparent shot at Harbaugh.

"Some people give the wrong person credit, this team win(s) because there is a lot of talent," Jacobs wrote on Instagram.

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