Aldon Smith’s Suspension Not Expected To Be Reduced This Week

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 | 0

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Serving a nine-game suspension for repeated violations of the NFL’s Substance Abuse and Personal Conduct Policies, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith has been out of action for the entire 2014 season.

Although he’s been able to attend team functions during his absence, it’s clear that the team obviously needs him back on the field if they want to contend for the tough NFC West championship. San Francisco currently sits with a 4-3 record, trailing divisional leader Arizona by two games with trips into New Orleans and Seattle still on the schedule.

There were rumors that Smith’s suspension would be reduced by a game or two this week, but according to’s Ian Rapoport, that doesn’t appear to be the case:

It’s looking like Smith’s suspension will last at least eight games with the possibility of the ninth being taken off. But even that may be a distant possibility, as Smith was flagged for a litany of violations ranging from multiple DUI arrests to gun possession charges.

This is a time when the NFL simply can’t afford to be in the public eye for these type of mistakes. Smith’s actions are exactly what the NFL needs to take a stand in standing out against, as they’ve already fallen under extremely negative criticism for the handling of Ray Rice’s domestic violence scandal.

Smith may have received a much harsher punishment than Rice’s initial two-game ban, but the NFL predicated that on the fact that Smith was a repeat offender while it was Rice’s first violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.

The league cannot afford to put themselves under any more unnecessary heat by letting Smith off the hook early; it’s just not worth the risk involved.

The 49ers certainly want their star pass rusher back on the field. The team has noticeably suffered with the absence of several key defensive players this year, Smith arguably being the most important.

But he’s also proven to be a bit of a loose cannon, and those are the kinds of players that the NFL is trying to rove won’t be tolerated. Smith has a chance to have his suspension reduced net week, but don’t be surprised if he’s forced to sit out the entire nine games.

And for good reason.

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