OAKLAND – The 49ers benched outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks after he missed a team meeting and other players had better weeks of practice, coach Jim Harbaugh said.
Brooks saw an end to his streak of 60 consecutive starts on Sunday in the 49ers’ lackluster 24-13 loss to the Raiders. The 49ers generated just two sacks and no consistent pass rush against rookie quarterback Derek Carr.
“No, I do not agree,” Brooks said after not getting on the field for one snap. “But I’m just a player. I’m just a number. You know what I mean?”
Brooks said the 49ers had a meeting scheduled Tuesday afternoon to address issues of domestic violence. He said it was a day off, but there were offensive and defensive meetings scheduled for the morning.
NFL teams are required to provide players with four days off per month. And with three days off coming after the Thanksgiving loss to the Seahawks, the 49ers required their players’ mandatory attendance at work on Monday and Tuesday.
“It’s frustrating, frustrating, very frustrating,” Brooks said. “But they have their plan and what they want to do, and all I can do as a player is abide by the rules. So that’s what I’m doing right now.
“As an NFL player, we’re just numbers. Nothing’s guaranteed. Nothing’s promised to anybody. With that being said, as an athlete, we’re just a number.”
Brooks said he was never told he was getting benched. Dan Skuta played outside linebacker on base downs and rookie Aaron Lynch took over in passing situations.
“They never once told me I wasn’t going to be playing at all,” Brooks said. “But I should’ve known. I didn’t have as many reps this week in practice.”
It is the second time in four weeks Brooks was benched. He sat out the entire second half of the 49ers’ Nov. 16 win at the New York Giants after lashing out at defensive line coach Jim Tomsula.
With a scheduled salary of $7.3 million for next season, it appears highly unlikely Brooks will return to the 49ers.