Trent Baalke “hopeful” Aldon Smith will return after bye


49ers General Manager Trent Baalke is in London with his team as they prepare for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, but his mind isn’t totally focused on the happenings on that side of the pond.

Baalke is also thinking about linebacker Aldon Smith, who remains in the rehab program for substance abuse he entered a few days after being arrested on suspicion of DUI. Coach Jim Harbaugh said recently that he hoped Smith would rejoin the team in the next couple of weeks, perhaps after the team’s Week Nine bye, and Baalke expressed similar hope on Friday while discussing Smith’s future with the team.

“Our ultimate goal hasn’t changed: help Aldon get back to a place he feels comfortable and move forward in a positive manner,” Baalke said, via Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group. “… We’re obviously hopeful [for a return after the bye]. At the same time, we’re prepared for either outcome.”

Once out of rehab, Smith also needs to face the gun charges brought against him in Santa Clara County so his off-field troubles won’t be wrapped up in a little bow upon his release from the program.

10 responses to “Trent Baalke “hopeful” Aldon Smith will return after bye

  1. “Our ultimate goal hasn’t changed, it’s win at all costs and to hell with everybody, including what’s best for our own players.”

  2. He has $10 million talent but apparently has a 1 cent brain.

    Look I know you screwed up but get your act together! You and Von Miller both! Don’t throw away your promising career on some stupid youthful decision, be smart!!

  3. Are any of you real Niner’s fans, how about human beings? Well, I am, and I want Aldon back. He will pay for his mistakes but some of your comments are just plain cruel and ignorant. What if it was your kid? Would you want to throw them into the fire too? Think about it…

    God Bless

  4. If you are a true alcoholic, a month is not enough for rehab. It’s a disease of the mind and you just cannot get it right in that amount of time. He will likely relapse and start the viscous cycle all over again.

    If he must play, so be it. He is playing for contract money and the 49’ers want him back. However, get him continued help in the off season and make his emotional well being as a first priority. It’s the human thing to do and will make him a much happier and successful football player for years to come.

  5. leftygun says:

    Completely ridiculous. Where is the suspension for this clown?

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    Calm down. Sheriff Goodell will make sure there is a suspension of some kind. Vick’s suspension didn’t come till after he got out of prison.

  6. I dont think any suspension will be handed down to Aldon until after his guns charges case is done. As for the DUI goes he has already missed 4 games (about to be 5) to attend rehab which by no law what so ever was he obligated to do so, so look at it like he took a “deal” from the NFL that he agreed to go to rehab on his own terms there for there for there is no need to suspend him. Best thing for him is to get back to his normal life once he gets out, and that includes football.

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