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Report: 49ers Hoping OLB Aldon Smith Will Receive A 4-Game Suspension

 

Update:

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the 49ers believe OLB Aldon Smith‘s will end up missing six games or fewer once the NFL hands down a suspension for multiple off-field infractions.

Smith met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Thursday, even though their meeting was originally scheduled for Friday.

Smith is facing felony gun charges and was arrested for DUI in the past year. He also arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat at LAX airport, but isn’t facing charges for this incident.

San Francisco picked up Smith’s fifth-year option a few months ago, which is a pretty good indication that he remains in their long-term plans as long as he can prevent any new off-the-field issues from occurring.

Smith, 24, appeared in 11 games for the 49ers last year and totaled 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 5 outside linebacker in a 3-4 system last year.

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Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that although the 49ers do not know what OLB Aldon Smith‘s suspension will be, the team is “bracing for a 6-8 game” suspension.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter previously reported Smith is facing a “significant suspension” from the league, so this news appears to be in line Schefter’s report.

49ers GM Trent Baalke confirmed today that OLB Aldon Smith met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Thursday, despite the fact that the original meeting was scheduled for Friday, per Matt Barrows.