49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is back.
In his 38th career regular-season game, Smith picked up his 39th and 40th career sacks. They were his first sacks in more than two months, due to a leave of absence for rehab that caused him to miss five games.
In two prior appearances since returning, Smith had no sacks.
Some would say Smith picked up a third sack on Monday night, given that he blatantly swung a leg into the crotch of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
As MDS pointed out last night, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was fined $30,000 for a foot to the loins of Matt Schaub last Thanksgiving. While Smith doesn’t have Suh’s on-field history, it’ll be interesting to see whether Smith’s multiple off-field problems influence the penalty imposed for a flagrant knee to the nuggets.