After missing five straight games, the San Francisco 49ers believe OLB Aldon Smith is ready to play football again. The 49ers announced the Pro Bowl linebacker was activated from the non-football injury list on Thursday afternoon.
Smith, 24, has been spending the last five weeks in rehab after being arrested for a DUI and dealing with off the field issues. He met Jim Harbaugh for the first time since Week 3 and the head coach said in an interview with KNBR that he was looking good. Harbaugh wouldn't commit if he would return or not, but today's action confirms that Smith will be back.
There are other legal matters that Smith will still be dealing with. Yesterday, he surrendered to cops and posted bail immediately after being charged with the possession of assault weapons a few weeks ago. He could be facing discipline in the future with two DUI arrests and the legal matters in the house party incident from June 2012.
Smith will have two court dates for the assault weapon charges on November 12, as well as a misdemeanor DUI including drug charges on November 19.
The outside linebacker still leads the team with 4.5 sacks in three games. He broke Fred Dean's franchise single season record with 19.5 sacks in his second NFL season. The 49ers went 5-0 when Aldon Smith was in rehab.
Smith takes Marlon Moore's spot on the 49ers' 53-man roster, who was waived yesterday. There will be at least two more moves made with Mario Manningham coming off the PUP list and Eric Wright soon to come off the non-football injury list.