Haggans awaits NFL's decision

Haggans awaits NFL's decision
September 5, 2012, 5:54 pm
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SANTA CLARA -- Clark Haggans' agent, Jeff Sperbeck, represented the 49ers' outside linebacker Wednesday during an NFL hearing to determine whether Haggans will face a league-imposed suspension, Sperbeck confirmed.Haggans served jail time in June for his second DUI offense since 2004. His most recent incident occurred in April 2011, when he said he rushed home from a concert after he had been drinking because he received a call from his babysitter that his daughter was having difficulty breathing. Sperbeck argued the NFL should take the circumstances into account."The circumstances were the circumstances," Haggans said Tuesday. "I had to do what I had to do as a father. It's on them (the NFL). I'm not the one making the call. I'm the one who's got to be ready either way and be prepared."Haggans, who could receive a three-game suspension, will continue to be eligible to play until the NFL makes a ruling.RELATED: Q&A with new 49ers linebacker Clark Haggans
"We won't have a verdict for up to a couple weeks," Sperbeck told CSNBayArea.com. "Clark plays in the meantime."NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello said the league will not comment on hearings or any timetables."Right now, I'm just leaving it up to my agent and staying ready," Haggans said. "Obviously, I'm going to play some time. Just leaving it up to my agent and see what happens from there, see what happens with the NFL and take it from there."The 49ers signed Haggans, a 12-year veteran, to a one-year contract to take the backup role slotted for Parys Haralson, who underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn triceps on Aug. 28.

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