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Aldon Smith to take voluntary leave from 49ers to undergo treatment

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

It sounds like we won't be seeing Aldon Smith any time soon. (USATSI)
It sounds like we won't be seeing Aldon Smith any time soon. (USATSI)

For some reason, the 49ers allowed Aldon Smith to play Sunday, despite the fact he was arrested on suspicion of DUI at 7 a.m. Friday and despite the report that Smith would get treatment AFTER the team's Week 3 game vs. the Colts.

Now, after San Francisco fell 27-7 to Indianapolis -- and Smith accumulated five tackles -- 49ers CEO Jed York made the pronouncement that Smith would be out indefinitely as Smith seeks treatment. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported he will begin counseling Monday.

That means Smith won't play Thursday vs. the Rams in Week 4, and it's unclear when he will return.

As for why Smith played Sunday, York said, "Sitting somebody down and paying somebody to sit down when they're going to seek treatment in the future, that didn't seem like appropriate punishment."

After the game, Smith addressed reporters by reading from a statement.

According to CSN Bay Area, Smith's locker had been emptied out after the game.

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