As the 49ers, the NFL, and linebacker Aldon Smith try to figure out how to proceed after Smith’s recent DUI arrest, the outcome could be something other than a suspension.
But it could have the same result.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that Smith could enter a rehab facility as soon as this week. Glazer says people close to Smith are pushing him to do it.
We’re told that rehab is a possibility, but that a final decision hasn’t been made. Having the news leak could nudge the needle toward rehab, whether that’s something Smith would have otherwise chosen to do or not.
If it happens, Smith presumably would be placed on the non-football injury/illness list during his absence. The 49ers would then have to decide whether to continue to pay his salary of $98,800 per week during his absence.