The starting defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers in week one of the preseason, Demarcus Dobbs, has been suspended without pay for one game after violating the NFL policy on substance abuse.
Dobbs was arrested last year for possession of marijuana and suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) after a single car crash near the 49ers facility in Santa Clara.
San Francisco 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke commented on the suspension saying, “The San Francisco 49ers organization supports the NFL’s code of conduct policy and their recent decision regarding Demarcus”.
Dobbs, also a backup tight end, started the first game of the preseason against the Denver Broncos and is expected to be Justin Smith‘s main backup at right defensive end this year.
With the 49ers instituting more of a rotation on the defensive line, Dobbs was expected to be a contributor on the line, but won’t be available for the season opener against the Green Bay Packers.
The Niners will use more of nose tackles Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey in the rotation week one with Dobbs out and rookies Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial not expected to be ready for the opener.
Dobbs will be allowed to play in the preseason and may start Friday against the Kansas City Chiefs.