Aldon Smith returns to the 49ers

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Starting Sunday against the Giants in New York, Aldon Smith will have a chance to build on his uncanny streak of 42 sacks in 43 career regular-season games.

The NFL officially has reinstated Smith, following a nine-game suspension for violations of the personal conduct policy and the substance abuse policy.

As noted by Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Smith hasn’t practiced or played since the preseason.  Smith has been permitted to work out at the facility and attend meetings.

“[H]e’s eligible to play and to practice,” coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Monday.  “Very much look forward to that. There’s consequences for our actions — good and bad.  Good consequences for good action.  And there’s accountability.  He has served that.  He has done that.  Look forward to moving forward in a fresh, clean slate.”

The slate may be clean, but Smith will face harsher punishment than would a player without an extensive history of off-field issues.  Unless he stays out of trouble.  Which he has managed to do for most of the last year.

31 responses to “Aldon Smith returns to the 49ers

  1. Between A.S. back in the fold, the no-charges from the DA with Ray McDonald, Bowman back to practice and the offense at least looking lively last week…..this could be a real turn of events for this team.

  2. Ok NFL you reinstate the poster boy for bad behavior but still drag your heels on an exonerated and cooperative AP?

    Like I said yesterday the only thing that’s consistent is that given the option the NFL will make the wrong decision.

  3. This guy is a complete moron. If he miraculously manages to stay out of trouble the rest of the year, there is no chance the niners are going to get any production out of him. It’s going to take him a few games to get back in game shape plus the motivation aspect. Do you really think he is going to be motivated and actually play hard every down considering everything going on with his salary this year?

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  4. seahawksfansince2013 says:
    Nov 11, 2014 11:33 AM
    This guy is a complete moron. If he miraculously manages to stay out of trouble the rest of the year, there is no chance the niners are going to get any production out of him. It’s going to take him a few games to get back in game shape plus the motivation aspect. Do you really think he is going to be motivated and actually play hard every down considering everything going on with his salary this year?
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    Get a clue. He’s been practicing the team this whole time. He’s ready.

    Motivated? …again, get a clue. All these guys want to do is be on the field. Will anybody really be surprised if this guy comes out and gets 2+ sacks per game going forward…especially with Lynch emerging on the other side.

  5. As long as Justin Smith can keep getting away with holding, expect Aldon to continue getting sacks. Not too difficult when you have a clear path to a sitting duck.

    It’s also a little weird to me that considering all that this loose cannon has done, he’s back to playing football and AP and Ray Rice aren’t. Not to excuse what they’ve done, but those guys got caught messing up once and it only affected their own family. The multitude of things that Aldon Smith has done makes him a threat to the general public. If Goodell’s gonna let a guy like this back on the field, it’s time to lift the suspensions of those other guys too.

  6. Aldon Smith hasn’t been practicing, but as per an agreement between the NFLPA and NFL, Aldon has been able to attend all the meetings and workout at the facility. Aldon Smith should be in good shape to hit the ground running on sunday.

    The only consensus amongst the local beat reports for the Niners was Aldon Smith was the BEST player on the field during training camp by a MILE! Aldon is that good.. Seahawks’ fans should be scared.

    In the coming month, the Niners will get back the best pure pass-rusher in the league, and the 1A and 1B best ILBs in football.. just in time for Thanksgiving!

    Remember, Aldon Smith hasn’t had the wear and tear of half a NFL season nor is he regaining his strength from injury.. he’s just been sitting there waiting for his chance. Aldon Smith is going to be super fresh, and he’s going to be a TERROR! Everybody else will be worn out by the end of the year, Aldon Smith will just be hitting his stride!

  7. Why are you guys so worried about Peterson, the child abuser, and Rice, the wife beater, all of a sudden!? Yes, Smith is a huge knucklehead but he paid for his crimes (plus some) and now it’s time for him to get back on the field. What’s the problem here!?

  8. Niners getting back reinforcements on the defense, wait a second, isn’t the Niners Defense ranked #2 already! That Niners defense is about it kick it up a notch.

    #NinersConqueringQuestForSIX!

  9. I suspect Aldon Smith to be highly motivated because he wants a bigger contract. But that only means he’ll lose even more money for the next time he’s suspended. He’s already playing the rest of the year for free because of his stupidity. If he’s not stupid (I know…a stupid question) he’d play with his pants on fire the rest of the year and hope someone will pay him a bunch of money next year

    I wonder if Vegas has an over/under on how many games he’ll play before getting suspended again. Frankly, I’ll be surprised if he can make it through the season without doing something stupid again.

    Great player….equally poor judgment. If he hasn’t learned by now, he never will. It’ll be interesting to see if he has learned but you would have thought he’d learn after the 2nd and 3rd times. I just get the feeling he’s going to be out of the NFL in two years because of all his bad choices. Then he will have all the time in the world to look back on how he threw away a potential hall-of-fame career away by being an idiot.

  10. Yah, I remember when you guys had life all figured out when you were a 24 Y/o millionaire and had nothing else to learn.. people saying he’ll never learn if he hasn’t already must’ve either been spoon feed or still not out of high school……. or a Seahawks fan

  11. He’s now missed over a year and a half of a limited career for not being able to control his life. If this hasn’t been enough to straighten him out then you can really only feel sorry for him as he may not make it to 30. That being said I’m glad he’s back.

  12. sweetnlow44 says:
    Nov 11, 2014 12:22 PM
    It’s also a little weird to me that considering all that this loose cannon has done, he’s back to playing football and AP and Ray Rice aren’t.
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    Aldon did some stupid things, but he didn’t hurt anyone. Rice and Peterson both hurt people……on purpose.

    That’s a BIG difference.

  13. We who sit on the sideline and speak from our Lazyboy recliner with our ice cold beer (5 other empties beside us) have to take into consideration one thing, if you live by the law then you live by the consequences of the law. Once you have served your time then that should be in the past. Nobody knows what went on behind closed doors and nobody knows what a person went through except that person and God. Why don’t you who rag on those who do wrong leave the judgement up to God. I know all of you all who are speaking out are not unblemished saints. Make sure you remove the plank in your own eye before trying to remove the speck out of someone elses eye. We are so eager to spout off negative stuff. Didn’t your momma teach you to keep your mouth shut if you don’t have nothing nice to say about someone. You are no judge nor jury, just hope a person has learned something from their bad experience and turn their life around for the better. It’s time to move forward and quit dwelling on the negative.

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