Aldon Smith Suspended 9 Games [Details]
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will serve a nine-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies.
The suspension was broken down into two parts: four games for violations of the substance abuse policy and five games for violations of the personal conduct party, according to ESPN. Smith will be eligible to return to the active roster on Nov. 10 and will be able to play his first game on Nov. 16 against the Giants.
“Our organization has known this decision would come, and we have prepared for it as a team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement Friday. “Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally.”
This isn’t the first run of trouble for Smith. He was arrested in September of 2013 for drunken driving, his second arrest since entering the NFL in 2011. He entered a substance abuse treatment center last season and voluntarily missed five games. He was arrested in April on an alleged fake bomb threat, but the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office didn’t press charges.
Smith has been one of the best defensive ends in the league since he was drafted by San Francisco, recording 42 sacks in 43 games. His suspension is a huge blow to the 49ers, but he will be eligible to play against division rival and defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in Week 13 and Week 15.