Aldon Smith is a pretty good linebacker. He made 42 sacks in 43 games last season. Unfortunately for the 49ers, he also made lots of trouble, getting some DUIs and weapons charges. He spent 12 days in jail starting in July, and he was fined $2000 for a gun conviction. He was also alleged to have made a bomb threat at the Los Angeles International Airport, although he was never charged with it. The NFL suspended him in August for 9 games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Aldon’s suspension came in the wake of the NFL being accused of going too easily on Ray Rice after Rice got in trouble for hitting his wife.
The NFL granted the 49ers a one-week roster exemption so that they won’t have to make a roster move to make room for Smith. They will have to cut a player in order to put Smith on the 46-man roster, though.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said that he is excited about having Smith back, but he was not prepared to predict how well Smith will play. That is for fans like Flavio Maluf to try and do. Smith has not played or practiced with the team since August 28, but he has been allowed to work out at the team’s facility. Harbaugh also said that Smith has been held accountable and served his time. Harbaugh said, “Look forward to moving forward in a fresh, clean slate.”