The San Francisco 49ers suspended little-used running back Brandon Jacobs for their final three regular-season games without saying why he had been disciplined.
Jacobs, 30, appeared in two games this season and had five carries for seven yards. The Associated Press reported that Jacobs recently had complained on social media sites about his lack of playing time, including one post during the weekend saying that he was “rotting away” in San Francisco.
Jacobs spent his first seven National Football League seasons with the New York Giants, rushing for 4,856 yards and adding 730 yards on receptions. He had 60 touchdowns for the Giants, 15 of which were scored in the 2008 season.
Coach Jim Harbaugh was asked four questions about Jacobs during a news conference yesterday, about two hours before the team announced the suspension, and said he would not comment.
“I’m going to quote the Fifth Amendment,” Harbaugh told reporters.
Jacobs said on Twitter on Nov. 15 that it was difficult to work “in a place where you hate your boss so much.” It was posted the same day Harbaugh, 48, was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat. Jacobs later told reporters not to assume his comments had anything to do with Harbaugh, or with football.
In recent days, Jacobs posted photos on Instagram of himself playing for the Giants and a picture of the two Super Bowl championship rings he earned in New York.
“I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners,” Jacobs said in an Instagram post three days ago, the AP reported. “This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”