The defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers are on a five-game winning streak after starting the season 1-2. Colin Kaepernick and company have won five straight without their All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith, who has been away from the team and in a rehab treatment facility. According to Greg Rosenthal of NFL.com, Smith was activated from the NFI list on Thursday Oct. 30 and could potentially join the team in the near future:
“The 49ers pass rusher was activated from the non-football injury list Thursday, allowing him to return to practice with the team during its bye week. He's now eligible to play again when San Francisco returns from its off week Nov. 10 against the Carolina Panthers.”
Although Smith is eligible to play in Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers, it is still unknown whether Smith will receive any disciplinary action from the league.
After leaving the treatment facilities, Smith immediately turned himself in to the authorities on Tuesday night as he faces weapon charges. On Oct. 9 Smith was charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon.Smith was later released on bail, but only time will tell whether he will have to face legal repercussions after another run-in with the law.
San Francisco has fared well without Smith, but there is no denying his immense talent and impact on the game. The 49ers could definitely use him down the stretch, they will have some tough matchups against the New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, and their NFC West division rivals Seattle Seahawks.
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