Aldon Smith's Return Likely Won't Last Long

By Andrew Fisher

In a move that’s catching many people by surprise, Aldon Smith has been activated from the non-football injury list. The star pass-rusher was of course deactivated a few weeks back after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and subsequently checked into a rehab facility. Then on Wednesday, Smith turned himself into authorities on felony weapons charges. However, the linebacker was released shorty thereafter, because he posted the $75,000 bond.

Most of the rumors swirling around Smith for the last few weeks have been that he could miss the remainder of the season. No one was projecting that he’d be activated during week nine, which just so happens to the San Francisco 49ers‘ bye week. So to me, this whole situation just seems odd. How does a guy go from likely done for the season, to a return just shortly after a few major incidents?

He’s scheduled to appear in court next month to address the DUI and weapons charges, but we all know that stars and athletes rarely get the book thrown at them. But what about the NFL? Is Roger Goodell just going to stand by and let him get back on the field without discipline? I doubt it.

Even if Smith has the green light from the 49ers, Goodell has to send a message that his recent behavior is not acceptable. I don’t think he should be banned for the rest of the year by any means, but a few more games on the sidelines would really help to get the point across. We’ll see what the team has to say about all this, but I have a feeling there’s much more to come on this story.


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