Aldon Smith to take voluntary leave from 49ers to undergo treatment
After Aldon Smith was allowed to play Sunday, he's taking a leave of absence.
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.
Aldon Smith met with team officials after his arrest, said he wanted to finish out the week with his teammates then seek help for his issues— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 23, 2013
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.
Follow Josh Katzowitz on Google+
Our Latest Stories
The NFL commissioner doesn't think the fans see the deeper issues
Denver gets a shot at an old friend with Brock Osweiler visiting town
Here's a pretty awesome story about motivational speeches
Both Desmond King and Corey Clement made up for unforced errors in this Big Ten battle
The receiver is ready for a physical game on Sunday morning
Giants, Rams will play NFL's first game at Twickenham Stadium on Sunday