San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three felony counts of possessing an illegal assault weapon in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose.
Part of the process for the San Francisco 49ers’ All-Pro linebacker to rejoin the team following a five-week stint in rehab included a verbal commitment to the NFL that he would stay out of trouble and keep clean.
When Aldon Smith left the team to enter a substance abuse program in September, there was no real timeline as to when he would return. The team had to assume the worst and prepare for a season without their star pass rusher, however things have changed. It now looks like Smith will not only be back this season, but could play as soon as next week, which is in the best interest of the team and player.
All-Pro 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been activated to the roster from the non-football injury list, two days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities as he faces weapons charges.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was released on bail Tuesday in San Jose on three felony gun charges after turning himself in to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.
Both the 49ers and Arizona Cardinals enter their game at Candlestick Sunday with 3-2 records.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
When the San Francisco 49ers lost two games in a row this season, falling to 1-2, some called them the most disappointing team in the NFL. After winning a couple of games and having injured players return to the roster, the 49ers are now primed to remind the rest of the NFL why they were so many people’s preseason Super Bowl pick.
The San Francisco 49ers are paying Aldon Smith his normal salary even though the Pro Bowl pass rusher has left the team to begin his in-patient rehab following a second DUI arrest.
One-fourth of the season will be over by the time the 49ers walk off the field in St. Louis, and if they do it as a 1-3 team, they will have dug themselves a hole that will be awfully hard to climb out from.