The 49ers announced that they have officially activated OLB Aldon Smith from the exempt list on Saturday.
San Francisco had a roster exemption for Smith, but they had to active him today if they planned on having him for Sunday’s game against the Giants.
Smith will be a welcomed addition for a 49ers’ defense that has been dealing with a number of injuries this season.
As of now, San Francisco ranks No. 15 in points-per-game with 22.8. They have, however, done a pretty good job of limiting yards to opposing offenses as they’re currently the No. 2 defense in this category.
Smith, 25, still has two years remaining on his contract after San Francisco picked up his fifth-year option several months ago. It will be interesting to see if he’s capable of stepping in and returning to his previous form.
Last year, Smith recorded 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks over the course of 11 games.