In recent days, multiple things have been said about 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith. G.M. Trent Baalke has said that he’s “hopeful” Smith could return after the Week Nine bye. Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that Smith’s decision to enter rehab will be regarded as a positive factor when the NFL determines the proper discipline for Smith, who was arrested in September for DUI.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there’s still no timetable for Smith’s return. Per the source, Smith remains in rehab, nearly five weeks after entering an in-patient treatment program.
There could be developments on Smith in the near future. For now, though, no one knows with any certainty when Smith will be back with the team.
Notwithstanding Baalke’s expression of optimism regarding Smith’s return, the team’s remains focused on his long-term health and well being. There will be no effort to rush him back to the field.
And there’s no need to. Since losing to the Colts in Week Three to fall to 1-2, the 49ers have won five straight games.