Posted September 23, 2013

San Francisco 49ers’ LB Aldon Smith checks into rehab, could miss a month of play

NFC West, San Francisco 49ers
Aldon Smith is at a personal crossroads, and he'll face it away from the 49ers facility. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Aldon Smith is at a personal crossroads, and he’ll face it away from the 49ers facility. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

On Monday, the San Francisco 49ers made an announcement that was not a surprise — they placed defensive end/linebacker Aldon Smith on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List. Smith was arrested on Friday morning for suspicion of DUI (his second such arrest in less than two years), but played all the way through the 49ers’ 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. After the game, team CEO Jed York intimated that the decision to play Smith — one that met with a lot of resistance around the country — was financial in nature.

“Our opinion was sitting somebody down and paying them to sit down when they’re going to seek treatment in the future, that didn’t seem like an appropriate punishment. I know it might not sound reasonable. But for Aldon to be able to face the media, face his teammates, and take full responsibility for what he’s doing, we felt that was the best situation for Aldon himself and for the team and ultimately the community at large.”

Now, for the sake of all those interests, Smith will be away from the team so that he can try to clean up his life. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported on Monday that Smith could be out for a month, and that he could only return to the team when the doctors he’s working with clear him.

“I am sorry that I have affected my team, my family and the organization,” Smith said in a Monday statement. I will do everything in my power to handle this situation the best way possible. I appreciate the support of the 49ers and our fans.”

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said on Monday that multiple linebackers will take Smith’s place in the defensive rotation. Dan Skuta, Ahmad Brooks, and Corey Lemonier are the prime candidates to line up alongside Justin Smith on the right side of a line that has been one of the league’s most estimable since the team took Smith in the first round of the 2011 draft out of Missouri. It’s a rough time for a team that’s 1-2 and looks as vulnerable as it has in the Harbaugh era, and that puts more on the coach.

“Football’s not easy,” Harbaugh said Monday. “There are struggles. That’s one of the things you enjoy about the game, that there are struggles. We’ve got some adversity, there’s no question about it. And we’ll also have the rare opportunity of staring adversity in the face and whipping it. That’s our goal.”

Hopefully, Smith can do the same to his personal challenges.

10 comments
gary41
gary41

Alcohol is a drug, among many others and DUI is inexcusable, but a second arrest, with the details of this incident, go far beyond comprehension.  Does this affect team play??  Sure.  You have to wonder how many other players on the roster are infected with this disease.  Pregame pep talks don't do squat, if players are not physically ready to play.....   

JoeKinderman
JoeKinderman

random = idiot

Mr. Alex smith is a stand up guy, admirable, and classy

Alex smith is a mediocre nfl qb, at best

Kaep is better

get over it..


rare is to overcome the adversity, slow down

and go get a tattoo while you are at it, and move to KC

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

Yeah, Harbaugh you will face the "rare" opportunity of facing opportunity with a chance to whip it.  Yeah that is "rare".  God you are one of the dumbest idiots to ever coach in the league.  No way adults every buy into your crap long term.  NO way.  They were hyped by you when the going was good, but you will not turn them around facing adversity because you are an idiot.  Every adult knows this is not rare.  This is football in the NFL.  It is what it is, but it isn't a "rare" opportunity.

It just amazes me that anyone buys your "b*llsh*t".  You are so stupid it is mind boggling.  Just like buying into a punk kid and running gimmick plays and thinking that was a winning long term strategy in the NFL.  Now your actual winning veteran QB that knows the importance of taking care of the ball is 3-0 with the Chiefs.  When the Chiefs finish with a better record than you and you golden boy toy, you should be fired because "Who had it better than us?"   "Nobody".  "Until I was stupid enough to trade away my veteran that won and took care of the ball, for a wonder boy and stupid gimmicks ruining the chances for the veterans of the team to WIN NOW".  Yeah... good job... idiot.

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@JoeKinderman LOL.... dream the big dream buddy, just like the idiot brother in SF.  Alex is 3-0 with zero turnovers, that is reality.  Have fun being in fantasy land and wishing your boy was going to be better.  The play time gimmicky stuff is over.  Let's see what he can really do as a full time pocket QB in the NFL.  Good luck with that. 

Daniel19
Daniel19

@randomdeletion  Did Harbaugh bone your wife or what? I mean I'm not a fan of his, but your rambling sounded down right childish.

WCoastPro
WCoastPro

@randomdeletion @JoeKinderman First of all this article is about Smith. You clearly are misguided. 

You must have lost serious money betting against SF a season ago hence your anger. You are clueless if you think the turnovers are why they just lost to SEA and IND. You probably bet on the Niners this year and you're angrier.

You read the box score, then you commented. Try watching the game so you can add some insight for once. 

A last point: If they had kept the veteran over the gimmicky guy the Niners are still 1-2 and fans would be screaming for the gimmicky backup! 

You've been watching football since the 70s and you still haven't learned a thing. Wake up man. 


randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Daniel19 @randomdeletion LOL.... my woman hates the idiot, so no, she wouldn't touch him.  It actually disgusts her more than me that he screwed Alex and tried to play it off as "going with the hot hand".   Heck we are not even Niner fans, but we are fans of mature, fair, and responsible behavior.  None of which the idiot brother has shown.  

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@WCoastPro @randomdeletion @JoeKinderman It is about the Niners.  I spoke about the Niners.  

Anger?  LOLOLOL.... It cracks me up when you call a spade a spade and fan boys say you must be jealous, envious or angry or whatever.   Funny stuff.  

Turnovers are part of the reason they lost the last two games.  Not the only reason.  The QB being pathetically bad in all ways is a BIG part of the reason.  

Only a fool would think the offense would have been as bad the last two weeks with the veteran playing.  They may have lost to Seattle anyway, but they would not have been embarrassed.  

I obviously know more than Niner fan boys because I called this all off season and had every Niner fan boy tell me how wrong I was.  I said Kraper was a flash in the pan and defenses would figure him out.  I said losing Crabtree was huge and that Boldin is not a #1 receiver and Kraper not having his security blanket in Crabtree would cause him to be lost in the pocket not knowing who to throw to and being horribly inaccurate.  I said that the gimmick offense was not going to continue to work because defenses would know how to stop the other team from ever calling those plays.  HIT THE QB even when he hands off.  You don't have to actually be great at stopping the individual play, you just cause the other coaches to worry about losing their starting QB by calling stupid running plays that make him vulnerable to getting hit and they will quit calling those plays.  

Hmm.... seems I was right about all of that and yet Niner fans told me I was clueless and had no idea what I was talking about.  

I can tell you what is going to happen going forward too, but not that you would listen.  

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@Daniel19 @randomdeletion Oh lord, how old are you?  Commenting and being able to express yourself in a lot of words, clearly and legibly is not representative of a ramble. It is personal expression in a public forum.  You don't like it, that is fine, but to suggest it is childish is ridiculous and suggests you don't have much maturity yourself. 


There is not one thing in any of my posts that suggests there is a personal issue.  I speak the truth about what is wrong with this individual as a coach of an NFL team.  I have followed the NFL since the mid 70's and idiots are idiots.  There is no excuse or explanation for them. They exist.  It is what it is and he is one of them. 

I call it out.  You don't like it.  So the F what?

Just like Jerry Jones.  Rich idiot.  You going to have a problem with me recognizing Jerry Jones is a rich idiot?  Hey how about Bud Adams?  Rich idiot owner of an NFL team.  Oh, man I must have a personal grudge against the guy because I call him an idiot.  *rolls eyes*

Daniel19
Daniel19

@randomdeletion You ramble on and on and on like you have some massive personal issue with the guy. You don't like him. Wonderful. Say so and move on. But going on and on makes you like childish, as I already said....