On Friday, Aldon Smith of the SF 49ers was been suspended nine games for violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy and Program on Substance Abuse. Last year, Smith served a team suspension of 5 games to rehab himself but the NFL’s suspension handed out Friday is not retroactive to include that self-imposed suspension. The 49ers will be without his services until the 10th game of the season.
Past issues and history of Aldon Smith’s transgressions include: Jan 2012-arrested for suspicion DUI, Sept 2013- arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana, Oct 2013-three felony charges for possession of an assault weapon, 2014- LAX making false bomb threat.
Stepping up for the 49ers will have to be second year DT, Tank Carradine - Florida State who’s had a good preseason and rookie, 3rd-round draft pick Chris Borland from Wisconsin. Borland had a team high, six tackles and returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown in the last preseason game against the Houston Texans.
“I think I had one of my better games but still need to fix some things,” Borland said after the Houston game. Borland is a bit undersized at in stature at 5’11” 248lb but makes up for it in heart determination and desire.
Linebackers Patrick Willis, Dan Skuta - Grand Valley State, Shane Skov - Stanford, Michael Wilhoite - Washburn, Nick Moody – Fla. State, Corey Lemonier - Auburn and Ahmad Brooks - Virginia, for the ones that make the cut, had all best stay healthy to get through the first part of the season that includes playing the improved St Louis Rams twice.
They are also without the services of Navorro Bowman who is recovering from a knee injury and will miss the first half of the season.
The 49ers have to cut the roster down to 53 players by 4p.m. Saturday.
First game eligible for Aldon Smith will on the road against the NY Giants on November 16th. Four out the final seven games will be at home at Levi’s Stadium including games against the division rival Seattle Seahawks on Nov 27th and in Seattle on Dec 14th.
No official comment yet from the 49ers.