No timetable for Aldon Smith’s return

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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.

16 responses to “No timetable for Aldon Smith’s return

  1. There will be no effort to rush him back to the field.

    And there’s no need to.
    After zero sacks against Chad “the Statue” Henne and the awful Jags offensive line I’d say we could use all the help we can get, five wins or not.

  2. As much as I’d like to see him back out there, there’s no need. The D has been fine without him and our up coming schedule is favorable. Sort your life out Aldon, then get back in the game.

  3. There is always a need to have a player of Aldon’s ability back, but only if he has turned a corner in his life. Football is much as it hurts me to say.

  4. what do you mean no rush to get him back? hey it’s been 4 weeks he should be cured by now! how much time does he need? come on your team needs you get back out there! the fact they are even talking about him playing again this season is scary. if he has a problem who in their right mind thinks it can be fixed in a month?

  5. You know, someone posted that the reason the 49ers and Aldon decided to get him into a rehab program was to minimize penalties by Goodell and the NFL(which by typical standards would be 4 weeks).

    To that I say:

    If the 49ers or Aldon were only concerned with minimizing a suspension by the NFL(which would have come the week after his incident), he would be back playing this week. And his personal issues would still be lingering.

    The fact that they both were in agreement that addressing his personal demons off the field as soon as possible, indicates all parties are more interested in Aldon as a person and a man, and not a football asset. Goodell will still impose a suspension of probably 2 weeks even when he returns but everyone is missing the bigger picture…..this is a man’s life we’re talking about.

    Is there anything wrong with a football organization looking out for the best interests of a player, even if it means losing him on the team?

    I think my point has been proven and he’ll be a better player and a man after this learning experience.

  6. I’d say do not even talk about his return. Meet with him first, see how he is doing before any public announcements of his impending return.
    This situation does not need the media glare till he is ready to come back.

  7. Aldon Smith is on his way back. He also won’t be further suspended. He’ll be fined like 200k. He also made it easier and cheaper to resign him. Unless he comes back and gets like 30 sacks next season. #salerycapsavings.

  8. cocheese000 says:Oct 27, 2013 9:36 PM

    He is very lucky. I wish I could go to rehab for over a month and come back to my job


    Yeah, apparently it’s a good gig because the Niners are paying him about $100k per game while he’ in rehab…..not bad.

  9. Mid-20s, acts like an idiot, and drinks too much? That’s about 90% of college students. Add to that … millions of dollars (temporarily) in Aldon’s bank account and ya have to wonder: is he truly a drunk? Or simply (not so unlike all the young idiots in Hollywood/music industry: full of themselves with zero since of moral obligation or responsiblity?

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