is Brandon Jacobs is unlikely to make his debut against the Giants on Sunday. (US Presswire)
A little more than a week after declaring he was "ready to play" and that the knee injury he suffered during the preseason was "all gone," Jacobs backtracked on those statements.
Sparked by a USA Today article headlined "Brandon Jacobs unhappy with 49ers," Jacobs took some time Thursday to clarify his remarks.
Jacobs asked one reporter if he read the article carefully, implying nothing he was quoted as saying should have been interpreted to mean he was unhappy with the organization.
"Assuming makes an asshole out of you and me both. We don't do that," Jacobs said. "I did do an interview with USA Today. The competitive nature in me -- I want to go out and play. I've played through worse injuries than I have now."
With healthy RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon, there isn't a pressing need to activate Jacobs just yet. The 49ers rank No. 1 in the NFL in rushing yards (979), yards per carry (6.1) and carries of 10 or more yards (34).
"I have the rare opportunity where I have a chance to get healthy, 100 percent healthy," Jacobs said. "Coming into this season I was injured, I was going to be down for a long time and they kept me. That says a lot for this organization."
"I'm going to take the opportunity that they're giving me to get myself 100 percent so I can help this team when it gets down deep into the season in December, January and even February."
Based on those comments, it seems unlikely Jacobs will make his 49ers debut against his former team, the New York Giants, on Sunday at Candlestick Park.
"There aren't a lot of guys in the league who are 100 percent healthy," Jacobs said. "A lot of those guys are playing because they have no choice. In my case I don't have to."
Classify Jacobs' situation as a result of depth and health. Not a bad problem to have.