Smith (suspension) will be investigated by the NFL for a potential violation of protocols required for a player seeking reinstatement from a suspension for violating the substance abuse policy, ESPN.com reports. Smith is currently serving a one-year suspension as a repeat violator of the league's substance abuse policy, but could be subject to further discipline after a video recently circulated of an unidentified man, suspected to be him, talking about a hand-rolled cigarette shown on screen. The video is titled "Fire up session" and archived in a Periscope account Smith has used and clearly appeared on over the past two months. No stranger to off-field transgressions, Smith is eligible to apply for reinstatement in September, but the results of the league's investigation could ultimately impact his case and future availability altogether.
The Raiders and Smith (suspension) agreed to a two-year contract Monday, the team's official site reports. In the midst of a one-year suspension for another violation of the NFL's policy for substances of abuse, Smith will remain where he spent the first nine games of the 2015 season, when he contributed 3.5 sacks among 28 tackles to the Raiders' pass rush. It remains to be seen whether he'll be strictly contained to a one-year ban, as the commissioner's office has been known to do their due diligence once a suspended player applies for reinstatement. Depending on further adjustments made to the defense in the offseason, free-agent addition Bruce Irvin appears set to man strongside linebacker in the meantime.
Smith (suspension) is in the process of finalizing a contract agreement with the Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Smith was suspended for one year back in November for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy, but it appears the Raiders would like to keep him under contract nonetheless. While he won't be available to play ahead of this season, Oakland's support of him while being suspended will hopefully help Smith clean up his act.
Smith has been suspended for one year as a result of his role in an incident on Aug. 28, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. While the specifics in the incident are unknown, Smith's ban relates to substance abuse, according to Ed Werder of ESPN. Considering Smith was suspended for the first nine games of the 2014 campaign, the Raiders will likely search elsewhere for pass-rushing help in the offseason, but Ray-Ray Armstrong is the logical candidate to take over at strong-side linebacker in the interim.
The Raiders are impressed enough with the conditioning of new edge rusher Aldon Smith that they are planning to play him on passing downs Sunday against Cincinnati, league sources have told CSNBayArea.com. Smith just signed a contract with the team Friday. Jack Del Rio has declined to elaborate on his playing status for the opener, but Smith did participate in a walk-through the day he inked the contact.
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