San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs was suspended Wednesday for a Week 1 game against Green Bay for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
The 49ers, in announcing the penalty jointly with the NFL, say Dobbs will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 9, a day after the reigning NFC champion Niners' season opener at home against the Packers. He can still practice with the team, attend meetings and other activities.
On Wednesday afternoon, the team was holding meetings before an early evening practice. Dobbs wasn't immediately available for comment, and the suspension was announced just after coach Jim Harbaugh addressed the media for the day.
''The San Francisco 49ers organization supports the NFL's code of conduct policy and their recent decision regarding Demarcus,'' general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.
Dobbs ended last season on injured reserve with a right knee problem, missing the final three regular-season games after ge...