Aldon Smith | LB | San Francisco 49ers
Posted: 4/18/2014 1:45pm et
The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to pick up the 2015 fifth-year option on the contract of LB Aldon Smith, according to a league source. The team has until May 3 to make their decision.
Huddle Up: Smith's off-the-field issues have likely punched his ticket out of San Francisco.
Posted: 4/17/2014 10:32pm et
The San Francisco 49ers do not plan on releasing LB Aldon Smith this offseason. Smith is expected to be suspended at the beginning of the season, but the length of the suspension is not known at this point.
Huddle Up: The Niners are in a tough position with Smith, but his continuing legal issues may wind up making the decision for them.
Posted: 4/14/2014 10:47am et
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was released from a Los Angeles jail Sunday, April 13, after posting $20,000 bail, shortly after being charged with making a false bomb threat earlier in the day at Los Angeles International Airport. A LAPD spokesman said although it was observed Smith may have been drinking prior to the incident, it was not a factor to his arrest.
Huddle Up: Smith has already run afoul of the league's substance abuse policy, so if this incident turns out to be a relapse he could be looking at a more extended league-mandated vacation. And with the 49ers needing to make a decision on an option year for Smith prior to the upcoming draft, they'll need to thoroughly investigate the situation sooner rather than later.
Posted: 4/13/2014 10:39pm et
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday, April 13, at Los Angeles International Airport after he made a threat that he possessed a bomb, airport police said. Smith reacted in a belligerent manner to a second security screening when he was in a security line. After making the bomb threat, he proceeded to the gate and airport police were summoned. He was detained and subsequently arrested. 'We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith. As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment,' general manager Trent Baalke said. In the past 27 months, Smith has been arrested twice for driving under the influence, and he faces three felony weapons charges stemming from a party at his home in June 2012. Smith was stabbed during that incident, and two others were shot.
Huddle Up: Another month, another off-field incident for the talented (42 sacks in 43 career games) but obviously troubled Smith, who spent some team-mandated time on the reserve non-football injury list last season to get things together after his second DUI arrest. However, his continuing legal problems might soon take those decisions out of the Niners' and NFL's hands.
Posted: 1/5/2014 10:47pm et
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith (cramps) cramped up in the third quarter of the NFC Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Jan. 5 but returned soon after.
Huddle Up: Smith was one of the defensive standouts for the Niners, notching 6 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2 QB hits in helping limit Aaron Rodgers to a career playoff-low 177 passing yards.
Posted: 11/6/2013 12:39am et
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith returned to practice with his teammates Tuesday, Nov. 5. Smith said he was able to 'get a real good workout in a couple of days a week' when he was away from the team for five weeks. LB Ahmad Brooks said Smith looks good, and he was impressed with his workouts so far this week. However, it's undecided if Smith will return to action in Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers. 'I've grown a lot and I'm still growing,' Smith said. 'I came into the league on the young side of things, and I've just taken every free chance I've gotten to get better and grow.'
Huddle Up: The Niners won all 5 games during Smith's absence, but expect the LB's return sooner rather than later with there being no such thing as having too many pass rushers.
Posted: 10/9/2013 3:59pm et
The Santa Clara County District Attorney has filed three felony charges of possession of assault weapons against San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith stemming from an incident during a 2012 house party.
Huddle Up: It looks like Smith might be out for longer than a rehab stint at this rate. If you were counting on his return in IDP leagues, it might be time to make alternate plans.
Posted: 9/24/2013 10:46pm et
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith faces an automatic two-game suspension if he is convicted on suspicion of driving under the influence. Smith has checked himself into a rehab facility and is expected to miss at least a month of the season, if not longer. 'The only timetable on this is him getting well,' a source said. 'I know football fans don't care about this, but he's 23 years old and he has a full life beyond football. How he recovers from this can literally be the difference between life and death.'
Huddle Up: Bottom line: Don't expect Smith back until sometime in Nov., and right now, the likely date is Nov. 10 following the team's Week 9 bye.
Posted: 9/23/2013 7:49pm et
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith is expected to miss around a month because he is entering a rehab program after his arrest last week for suspicion of driving under the influence. The team placed him on the Non-Football Injury List on Monday, Sept. 23 and will bring him back when he is cleared by doctors.
Huddle Up: This is more bad news for the defending NFC champs who already are off to a 1-2 start. San Fran is tied for 18th in the league with 7 sacks, and Smith has half of them. Still, with multiple arrests and incidents now on his record, the talented LB obviously needs some time to get right.
Posted: 9/22/2013 8:24pm et
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith's locker was cleaned out after the Week 3 game against the Indianapolis Colts, and team chief executive officer Jed York announced Smith has been suspended indefinitely. Smith will enter rehab for substance abuse.
Huddle Up: Why he was even playing on Sunday is beyond us. If you had him on your IDP team, time to find an alternative.
Posted: 9/20/2013 5:29pm et
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith was arrested Friday, Sept. 20, for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Huddle Up: Smith, who has an NFL-leading 37 sacks since the start of the 2011 season, was involved in a single-car crash early Friday with no injuries. He later reportedly was practicing Friday with the Niners, but this incident could put him at risk of a conduct suspension as this isn't the first time Smith has faced DUI charges.
Posted: 7/29/2013 12:01am et
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith (shoulder) said last year's shoulder injury, which required offseason surgery, played a big role in him going the final six games (including the postseason) without a sack. 'I'm not a man of excuses, but being hurt doesn't make anything easy,' Smith said Sunday, July 28.
Huddle Up: IDP GMs need not be concerned as -- despite the season-ending drought -- Smith still ranks a half-sack behind the Vikings' Jared Allen (34) for the most in the league over the past 2 seasons.
Posted: 6/30/2013 4:56pm et
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith said he would like to set the single-season sack record but will not worry about accomplishing the feat. 'It's a goal, but I'm not punching myself in the face at the end of the season if I don't get it,' Smith said. 'I'm young, and I'm learning a lot and I'm getting better. My goal is really just to get better every year. As long as I do that, if it was 14, then 19.5, at that rate it should keep going. Hopefully, I should be able to trump that record and keep going.'
Huddle Up: With an NFC-leading 19.5 sacks a year ago and having already established an NFL standard for the most sacks (33.5) in a player's first 2 NFL seasons, Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5 is well within Smith's considerable reach.