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Aldon Smith visited the Niners on Wednesday

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On Tuesday night, Aldon Smith surrendered himself to authorities on felony weapons charges.  The next day, he dropped by the office.

Aldon was in the building,” coach Jim Harbaugh told 95.7 The Game.  “It was great to see the reaction of others who saw him and Aldon’s reaction of being back here with some of the guys. He looks great, and we’re having a great day.”

Harbaugh avoided making any commitments about when Smith, who remains on an indefinite leave of absence, will return to the team.

“I think the prudent thing to do is look at it day-to-day and have a goal of having a great day,” Harbaugh said.  “He’s been taking that approach, really over the last five weeks.  And it’s served him well and he’s [made] quite a bit of progress.”

While the 49ers are interested, as they should be, in Smith’s long-term health and well being, the new criminal charges complicate an already delicate situation.  Between the DUI that sparked the rehab stint and the new felony charges that reach back to June 2012, Smith’s return to the team could be followed at some point by a league-mandated departure.

More importantly, Smith needs to stay out of trouble, or he’ll eventually be dealing with a permanent departure from the team, and from the sport.

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24 Responses to “Aldon Smith visited the Niners on Wednesday”
  1. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 31, 2013 11:51 AM

    We know better than to draft guys like this. The Niners? Not so much.

  2. jiveturkeygobbler says: Oct 31, 2013 11:51 AM

    Just come back when you’re ready Aldon! I want to see these promising rookies play anyways. If they are half as good as Aldon, they will be great additions!

  3. easyrider1903 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:53 AM

    Had to say one last goodbye

  4. bubba9er says: Oct 31, 2013 12:21 PM

    Does this mean he is done with rehab?

  5. jgarcia050 says: Oct 31, 2013 12:35 PM

    the longer he’s out the better…the D has been so much better without him…he’s so overrated

  6. mathomp3 says: Oct 31, 2013 12:49 PM

    “Above reproach”

  7. seahawkgoat says: Oct 31, 2013 12:56 PM

    Harbaugh has such a crush on Carroll, it’s sad. He spends more time focusing on Seahawk games and players, rather than maintaining control over his own wild beasts

  8. marvin49 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:01 PM

    Anyone who thinks they are “much better without him” doesn’t have a clue what they are watching.

    The 49ers have struggled to get pressure while he’s been out and have usually done so by blitzing…something they don’t need to do when Aldon is in the game.

    “Overrated?”? 38 sacks in 35 games. Don’t give me the “Its because of Justin Smith” BS either because the two guys replacing him (Skuta and Lemonier) have COMBINED for 1 sack in 5 games while Aldon had 4.5 in 3.

    Dude has personal issues he needs to work through for sure, but lets not go nuts and start doubting his playing ability.

  9. Go-Hawks! says: Oct 31, 2013 1:01 PM

    I hope to see the 49ers return to full strength before the Seahawks travel to Candlestick in December. Always love to see good football games between tough opponents.

    Go Hawks!

  10. serkeljerks says: Oct 31, 2013 1:13 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Oct 31, 2013 11:51 AM
    We know better than to draft guys like this. The Niners? Not so much.

    =============================

    Yeah, you guys really hit a home run with character king Roethlesberger……………

  11. kaeptovernon says: Oct 31, 2013 1:22 PM

    Go-Hawks! says:
    Oct 31, 2013 1:01 PM
    “I hope to see the 49ers return to full strength before the Seahawks travel to Candlestick in December. Always love to see good football games between tough opponents.

    Go Hawks!”

    Couldn’t agree more! As a 9er fan I want to beat a full strength Seahawks team, NOT a depleted one! Sucks about Sidney Rice. I’d rather win in December with Rice, Tate, and Harvin all out there!

    GO NINERS!

  12. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 31, 2013 1:29 PM

    serkeljerks says:
    Oct 31, 2013 1:13 PM

    Yeah, you guys really hit a home run with character king Roethlesberger……………
    __________________________________

    Not sure what you’re referring to. Ben has been nothing but a class act since entering the league. Anything beyond that is false.

  13. sfsugator says: Oct 31, 2013 1:56 PM

    The colts sent him to rehab after that whooping.

  14. babyjesus69 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:07 PM

    Aldon Smith, Tank Carradine, Manningham, Eric Wright and Crabtree all coming back and now Harbaugh says they must get LaMichael James in the mix as well??? Add that with coming out of the hardest part of their schedule with a 5-2 record there’s no super bowl hangover for this team. The niners are about to step it up a notch and that’s scary for everyone.

  15. uplate5301 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:09 PM

    @Go Hawks!: GOOD COMMENT! Nice to see a Seahawks fan on a Niners blog say something other than name-calling or stupid criticisms. The Hawks are a great team… and they’ve owned us the last two games we played. But the Niners are a great team as well, and I’m really looking forward to reversing that trend.

    Go NINERS!

  16. phelbin says: Oct 31, 2013 2:29 PM

    The 49ers Seahawks rivalry is so heated because they’ve been very evenly matched for the last few years. Going back 6 seasons, SF has won 6, Seattle has won 5. And it usually comes down to homefield advantage for both teams. The Clink has noise, the Stick has swirling winds and a sloppy field. So the game in December will probably go to the Niners.

    And good luck to Aldon Smith on getting his life back together.

    GO NINERS!

  17. don2074978 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:43 PM

    Smith’s return to the team could be followed at some point by a JUDGE-mandated departure

  18. dacktle49 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:02 PM

    Overrated? Ok jgarcia sounds like your a big 9er fan and all but you have to be kidding? Fastest player to 30 sacks in NFL history, NFC defensive player of the year and the list goes on.

  19. Go-Hawks! says: Oct 31, 2013 3:04 PM

    Phelbin: Indeed. What you say is true. But..

    Going back sick seasons doesn’t do the rivalry much justice. If you take the entire history of the two teams, since the Seahawks first became a team, the matchup has still been very even.

    Of 27 games, the Seahawks lead with 14 wins to the 49ers 13.

  20. asimonetti88 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:14 PM

    Would really like to see Aldon back on the field as soon as possible, but there are some things more important than football. Get your head straight, deal with your substance abuse issues, and accept the punishment for your actions first. We want you on the field, but we want you to get your life straightened out first!

  21. asimonetti88 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:16 PM

    Go-Hawks! says:Oct 31, 2013 3:04 PM

    Phelbin: Indeed. What you say is true. But..

    Going back sick seasons doesn’t do the rivalry much justice. If you take the entire history of the two teams, since the Seahawks first became a team, the matchup has still been very even.

    Of 27 games, the Seahawks lead with 14 wins to the 49ers 13.
    ———————————————————-

    Don’t agree with this. Games played in the 60, 70s, 80s and 90s don’t have much bearing on what happens now. Even going back six seasons is a lot. Neither team is anything like it was six years ago.

  22. Go-Hawks! says: Oct 31, 2013 4:02 PM

    asimonettie: “Don’t agree with this…”

    Well, I certainly agree that these teams are nothing like the older 9ers or Hawks. But, I never argued that they were alike.

    The argument is NOT that the teams are like the old teams. I was merely stating the win/loss record of the two teams over the entire history.

    So if we are talking about who beat who more recently you could say the Seahawks have beat up the 49ers in the most recent games. Or you could say that the 49ers have the edge in total games since Harbough became head coach. But total wins/losses over the lifetime of the Seahawks as a team was the stat line I chose to go with.

  23. sfjose says: Oct 31, 2013 4:44 PM

    anyone makes mistakes, once it’s understood and reprimanded, then you get a 2nd chance… and no, not replaceable, it’s like saying you can replace Justin, not replaceable. wake up and smell the coffee beans.

  24. jayniner says: Oct 31, 2013 5:10 PM

    Let’s be honest….if his attorney’s are any good, they will postpone the arraignment and trial dates to postseason and he’ll be able to focus on football for the rest of the season.

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