San Francisco 49ers OLB Clark Haggans Gets 3-Game Ban and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterSeptember 19, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 29:  Linebacker Clark Haggans #53 of the Arizona Cardinals is introduced before the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 29, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 27-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Newly signed outside linebacker Clark Haggans will officially miss three games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The three-game ban stems from a DUI arrest in 2011 when he was a member of the Arizona Cardinals. 

At a hearing two weeks ago his agent Jeff Sperbeck lobbied to have the suspension reduced. And his lobbying worked as Haggans suspension was originally supposed to be around the six-game mark. 

The 49ers signed the former Cardinal after their depth took a hit when Parys Haralson was put on injured reserve. Haggans brings veteran experience to the backup linebacker position. In his four-year stint with Arizona he recorded 17 sacks and over 180 tackles. 

Niners general manager Trent Baalke was aware of the pending situation before they brought him in, so he was not surprised when he learned of Haggans' suspension, per The Sacramento Bee: "We were certainly aware that this decision was a possibility as we evaluated Clark prior to adding him to our roster. Therefore, we are prepared to move forward accordingly."

As of right now it's not really know what will happen at the backup outside linebacker position. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee suggests they could use defensive end Demarcus Dobbs as an emergency outside backer as need be.

San Francisco's depth surely takes a hit, but there's no question they will be just fine barring any sort of injury.

Now, let's take a look at news for the rest of the NFC West.  


Arizona Cardinals

Scott Allen of examines ESPN's power rankings and suggests the Cardinals are too low after knocking off Seattle and New England. 

Carter Watson of Bleacher Report gives us an early look as to how Arizona can knock off the Eagles in Week 3.


San Francisco 49ers

Cam Inman of the says Aldon Smith is OK after a car crash that happened two days before their Sunday night game against the Lions. 

Jesse Reed of Bleacher Report does a great job of breaking down why the 49ers' defense is so successful. 


Seattle Seahawks

Dave Boling of The Bellingham Herald gives us the early indicators as to why this Seahawks' defense might be the best one they've ever had. 

Todd Pheifer of Bleacher Report says Seattle can't afford to lose this week's upcoming matchup to the Packers.


St. Louis Rams

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks to Austin Pettis and says he is eager to return after serving a two game suspension to start 2012.

Travis Wakeman of Bleacher Report begs the question, has Daryl Richardson earned a permanent role in the Rams' offense?