Description: Niners linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest to weapon charges and a DUI.
Insight: A suspension is on the way. According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, he could be banned half the season. Smith is extremely talented but he won't ever reach his full potential until he conquers some of his off-the-field demons.
5/2/2014 8:24:00 PM
Description: Not only are the 49ers keeping Aldon Smith, they've decided to pick up his option for 2015.
Insight: Obviously the team is confident he'll be able to put his off-field issues behind him. Smith watched his sack total fall from 19.5 in 2012 to just 8.5 last season but that's partly because he missed five games while attending rehab for alcohol abuse.
4/18/2014 9:10:00 PM
Description: Updating a previous item, the 49ers are no longer planning to cut troubled linebacker Aldon Smith. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: Smith has had a laundry list of off-field distractions to deal with over the last two years but he's still one of the most talented pass rushers in football. Let's see if he can take advantage of the second chance the 49ers are giving him.
4/15/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Aldon Smith's latest run-in with the law could cost him his roster spot with the 49ers. SOURCE: Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News
Insight: It's been a rough offseason for the Niners with Colin Kaepernick being investigated for an incident in Miami and now Smith possibly facing charges for an alleged false bomb threat at LAX. This comes after Smith missed five games last season while going to rehab for alcohol abuse. For all his bad habits off the field, Smith has logged an impressive 42 sacks over his last three seasons.
11/6/2013 10:09:00 AM
Description: San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith could be ready to return to game action as soon as this week. SOURCE: Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area
Insight: Smith hasn't missed a beat since returning from a five-week stay in rehab. Assuming his off the field issues are a thing of the past, Smith should be able to return to the level that made him one of the most feared linebackers in football a season ago.
10/31/2013 9:53:00 PM
Description: The Niners have officially activated troubled linebacker Aldon Smith. SOURCE: 49ers on Twitter
Insight: Smith missed five games while attending rehab for alcohol abuse. He'll make his return to the field next week against the Panthers.
10/13/2013 11:19:00 AM
Description: The 49ers are prepared to play the season without linebacker Aldon Smith. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Smith, who has a history of substance abuse, is currently in a rehab clinic trying to get clean. His off-field issues including two separate arrests, aren't close to being resolved. Football is probably the last thing on Smith's mind right now.
9/23/2013 8:12:00 PM
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is expected to be out for the next month.
Insight: Smith checked himself into rehab after Sunday's loss to the Colts. The 23-year-old was second in the league in sacks last season with 19.5. He has 3.5 sacks in his first three games this season.
9/22/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: According to ProFootballTalk.com, 49ers CEO Jed York said after Sunday's game that Aldon Smith will not play Thursday.
Insight: He was arrested for suspicion of DUI Friday, the second alcohol-related incident of his three-year career. He played Sunday against the Colts but could be entering rehab for alcohol abuse. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that Smith's locker at Candlestick Park is "completely empty."
9/20/2013 2:18:00 PM
Description: According to San Jose Police, 49ers OLB Aldon Smith was arrested early Friday morning for suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession after a one-car accident, reports Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Insight: This would be his second DUI as he was also arrested in January 2012. A suspension might be coming, but given the speed of the court system, it probably won't be until next season.
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