The San Francisco 49ers announced that OLB Aldon Smith has been activated from the the non-football injury list.
Smith just turned himself in on Wednesday for felony weapons charges that stem from an incident from June of 2012.
According to the report, Smith “immediately posted bail” of $75,000 and is scheduled to appear in court to face the pending charges on Nov. 12 and on Nov. 19. Smith faces weapons charges, along with misdemeanor DUI and drug charges.
Smith had an agreement with authorities that he would he would turn himself in upon completing his rehab, so it appears as though Smith is getting closer to returning the 49ers. The NFL has said that they will consider the fact that Smith took it upon himself to seek help following his latest incident.
Smith remains on “indefinite leave,” but there has been talk that he could be back in time for Week 10’s game.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters following a forum with European fans that 49ers OLB Aldon Smith‘s decision to voluntarily enter rehab will be taken into consideration regarding potential disciplinary action handed down from the league.
“Certainly, the issue here isn’t to discipline players. It’s to stop the behavior,” Goodell said, via ESPN.com. “We’re obviously there to support him, and the 49ers did a great job getting him into a facility to try to get help. We support that.”
Smith entered rehab on his own terms following his arrest for suspicion of DUI and possession of marijuana. He also faces felony gun charges upon being released for an incident that occurred in June of 2012. Smith is expected to turn himself in and post bond once he is out of treatment, but it will be interesting to see what the league elects to do regarding possible disciple.
The 49ers plan to meet with Smith during their bye in Week 9 and, depending on his progress, he could be back for their Week 10 game.
However, Goodell could always hand down a suspension and/or a fine depending on the league’s determination.
“I’m not real knowledgeable on exactly when that’s going to be, but I think it’s some point in the next couple of weeks,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee. “I hear things are going very well.”
Barrows adds that this could mean Smith has a chance to be back during their Week 9 bye.
Smith entered a treatment program following his arrest on a suspicion of DUI back in Week 3. Initial reports were that Smith would be out a minimum of five weeks, which coincides with Barrow’s suggested return.
The problem is that when Smith does leave the treatment center he has impending felony gun charges for an incident that occurred in June of 2012. Smith is expected to turn himself in and post bond once he is out of treatment, but their remains the question of whether or not the NFL will also discipline Smith. Should Smith return without having league imposed punishment, the 49ers should get their sack leader back for the stretch run of the regular season.