Former Giant Jacobs suspended three games by 49ers

San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs is San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs is seen during the second half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams. (Dec. 2, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers suspended running back Brandon Jacobs Monday for the final three games of the regular season after a series of posts on social media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was "on this team rotting away."

The 49ers made the announcement two hours after coach Jim Harbaugh's news conference but provided no explanation for why Jacobs had been disciplined. It's doubtful he would return for the playoffs.

Harbaugh declined to address Jacobs' comments, even when asked whether Jacobs still is on the team. He said he was invoking his "Fifth Amendment" right.

Jacobs, 30, has five carries for 7 yards and has played in only two games with the NFC West-leading 49ers (9-3-1). He spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Giants.

If Jacobs ultimately is released, he apparently has a very short -- and familiar -- list of teams for which he'd be willing to play. USA Today quotes a person who spoke with Jacobs after his suspension as saying he would play for only one other team: the Giants. He certainly could change his mind, but the lure of the team that drafted him and with which he won two Super Bowl rings still apparently pulls strongly at him.

That's not to say Jacobs' tenure with the Giants was all rosy. He had run-ins with Tom Coughlin and the front office, flung his helmet into the stands in 2009 and even last year griped about his role in the offense behind Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants released him last spring, shortly before they drafted running back David Wilson with their first-round pick.

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