49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is on his way to an inpatient rehab facility and the team made a move to formally strike him off their roster while he goes through the program.
The 49ers have placed Smith on the reserve/non-football injury list and he’ll remain there as long as he remains on a leave of absence from the team. Both Smith and General Manager Trent Baalke issued statements released by the team in their announcement of the move.
“I am taking a leave of absence to address my health,” Smith said. “I am sorry that I have affected my team, my family and the organization. I will do everything in my power to handle this situation the best way possible. I appreciate the support of the 49ers and our fans.”
“Aldon Smith is taking a leave of absence to address a personal matter,” Baalke said. “The 49ers organization both respects and supports Aldon’s decision and commends him for taking responsibility for his actions. The long-term well-being of our players is paramount and we will stand by Aldon as he works toward addressing this issue. Due to the private nature of the matter, we will have no further comment.”
The 49ers have the right not to pay Smith’s salary while he is on the NFI list, although there’s been no indication that they plan to do that.