National Football League

                === Niners place troubled Smith on NFI list ===
 Santa  Clara, CA  (Sports  Network)  - The  San  Francisco  49ers put  outside
 linebacker  Aldon Smith on the reserve/non-football injury list on Monday, one
 day after the team announced he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence
 to seek help for a substance-abuse problem.
 The  49ers  allowed Smith  to play  in Sunday's  game against the Indianapolis
 Colts despite the All-Pro pass rusher's arrest on charges of driving under the
 influence  and possession  of  marijuana two  days prior.  Team  CEO Jed  York
 revealed  after San  Francisco's 27-7  loss that  Smith would  be headed  to a
 treatment facility and there was no timetable for his return.
 Smith was taken into custody after crashing his car in San Jose's Silver Creek
 district  early  Friday morning. He had  previously been arrested for a DUI in
 Miami  in January of 2012, and was later named in two lawsuits stemming from a
 house  party he  hosted in June of  that year. Smith was reportedly stabbed at
 the party.
 "I  am taking  a leave  of absence  to  address my  health," Smith  said in  a
 statement  on Monday. "I  am sorry that I have affected my team, my family and
 the  organization.  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."
 On the field, Smith has been one of the NFL's premier pass rushers since being
 taken  by  San Francisco with  the seventh overall pick  of the 2011 draft. He
 notched  14  sacks during his rookie  season, then ranked second in the league
 with  19 1/2 sacks last year while helping the 49ers to an appearance in Super
 Bowl XLVII.
 09/23 16:47:03 ET

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