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Aldon Smith says he’ll be reinstated soon

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Suspended Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith said on social media that his reinstatement to the NFL was coming soon, for what that’s worth.

Smith has been out of the league since his year-long suspension for another substance abuse policy violation in November 2015.

Via the San Jose Mercury News, Smith made his declaration on Instagram Live, but it was predictably short on details.

The Raiders haven’t said anything about him lately, and they gave his jersey number to an undrafted rookie defensive lineman, for what that’s worth.

Smith’s name was most recently in the news in March, when he was detained for public intoxication.

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16 Responses to “Aldon Smith says he’ll be reinstated soon”
  1. sodoyoufeelluckypunk says: May 8, 2017 7:17 AM

    Geesh, how many chances does this guy get? 50, 100, a 1,000?? He has proven, over and over again, that he will not change. Get rid of him, he is a liability. Do you think Belichik would have this loser on the roster? Cut him now! You don’t need this hot, radioactive garbage.

  2. censoredagain says: May 8, 2017 7:20 AM

    Hey Aldon? The key is, dont go out and celebrate with a few beers if it happens.

    What a waste of talent. Hope he gets his life in order

  3. joetoronto says: May 8, 2017 7:35 AM

    I never liked the signing of this guy, cut bait and move on.

  4. autumnwind999 says: May 8, 2017 7:43 AM

    Aldon was actually doing fine when he was with the Raiders. Then Goodell slapped him with a long-delayed suspension with no clarification as to when it might end and no contact with the team. Worst possible thing for him.

  5. montrealraider says: May 8, 2017 7:55 AM

    Im pissed at him for his recent screw ups but h
    yeah, the NFL really is not helping him by keeping him aside the team and having no clearly defined path to reinstatement. Its more about the league image then it is helping a player and a person who has issues.

  6. maverick2560 says: May 8, 2017 8:05 AM

    Wasn’t he involved in a domestic incident in February? If the league
    is investigating the incident it might take some more time.
    The fact that another domestic occurred should make the league be
    a little more careful. If it applies the same timetable as the Zeke
    Elliot investigation ( it was allegedly his first ) then Smith could well be waiting a bit longer.

  7. r8dernation says: May 8, 2017 8:46 AM

    It would be nice to get this guy through our whole off-season program, at least training camp, and see what he can do with a full season.

  8. linemanguy74 says: May 8, 2017 8:59 AM

    Dream on !

  9. sportnorcal says: May 8, 2017 9:12 AM

    Aldon was actually doing fine when he was with the Raiders. Then Goodell slapped him with a long-delayed suspension with no clarification as to when it might end and no contact with the team. Worst possible thing for him.

    Yeah, he was doing fine with the Niners, too. Until he wasn’t. The time to own it HIMSELF was years ago, it’s just a sad story now of a guy who can’t stay out of his own way.

  10. toybkshr says: May 8, 2017 9:13 AM

    For how long?

  11. The previous play is under review. says: May 8, 2017 9:42 AM

    Bye bye ….

  12. r8rsfan says: May 8, 2017 9:44 AM

    This guy brings along too much drama. And you really can’t completely trust him to stay eligible to play long term.
    IMO the short term potential for reward no longer exceeds the risks and uncertainty involved.

  13. honkeyt says: May 8, 2017 10:34 AM

    That last video of him leaving jail was sad. I hate it for the guy but he did this to himself. He had HoF potential but Football isn’t everything. I would love to see him bounce back from a human standpoint and make a positive impact in other ways but I’m afraid his Football Life….Is over.

  14. u4icgroov says: May 8, 2017 11:53 AM

    The Raiders do not need to cut him. They can walk away from him at any time without any risk or dead money. If he gets reinstated, you add him to the 90 man roster and see what he’s got. If he makes the 53, you get what you can get out of him and then cut him loose the moment he gets in trouble during the season. If he was a cancer in the locker room, that would be one thing, but from all accounts his teammates love him. He’s just Can’t Get Right when he’s away from the team. If he gets reinstated they should set up a cot for him in Reggie’s office and make him stay at the team facilities. In the military we call guys like Aldon Field Soldiers… great when they’re training or deployed, but as soon as they get some time off, Article 15’s are right around the corner.

  15. noringcircus says: May 8, 2017 1:43 PM

    I’m not a Goodell fan, but I can’t put this on him. I think it was CWood, when asked whether he was keeping tabs on Aldon, who said that Aldon is a grown man and is responsible for himself.

    I was excited when Aldon joined the Raiders, but I think it’s past time the team moved on. The team addressed the defense this past draft, and if Aldon ever get his act together, it would just be a bonus I think.

  16. slick50kc says: May 8, 2017 7:43 PM

    The savior for that horrible defense?

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