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.
Former 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has signed a one-year deal with the Raiders, according to Bleacher Report. Smith was released by San Francisco after he was arrested in early August. The arrest was just the latest of Smith's lingering off-field issues. In seven games for the 49ers last year, Smith recorded 15 tackles and two sacks. He was a Pro Bowler in 2012. Smith is still subject to being suspended by the NFL for his latest legal woes, per NFL.com.
After the 49ers released Pro Bowl linebacker Aldon Smith last week, defensive coordinator Eric Mangini has made it clear that repalcing him will not be easy, per NFL.com. "He's not a guy you can just replace; he's got a unique skill set," Mangini said, per the San Francisco Chronicle. "But one of the things we've focused on defensively is building flexibility in terms of what we can play." Smith -- a Pro Bowler in 2012 -- recorded 15 tackles and two sacks in seven games last season.
In light of his most recent off-field issues, the 49ers have released linebacker Aldon Smith, according to an ESPN report. Smith, who has a long history with legal problems, was arrested early Friday morning for hit and run, DUI and vandalism. "This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues," a team statement read. "Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue." Smith served a nine-game suspension last year after a number of legal issues. He was arrested in 2012 for DUI, and faced weapons charges later that year. In seven games last season, Smith recorded 15 tackles and two sacks for San Francisco.