Smith (suspension) will be reinstated in March barring any further issues with substance abuse, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Smith remains subject to the league's drug program, but will be reinstated given he stays on the right path throughout the coming months. He'll certainly add another pass-rushing presence for the Raiders' defense, while defensive end Khalil Mack was recently named 2016's defensive player of the year.
The NFL won't review Smith's (suspension) potential reinstatement until March 15, CSN Bay Area reports. The Raiders maintained some hope that Smith, who applied for reinstatement in October and met with commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this month, could be activated in time for the playoffs, but the league denied his bid for a 2016 return. The 27-year-old, who has appeared in 16 games over the past three seasons while incurring multiple suspensions along the way for substance abuse-related issues, will need to stay on the straight and narrow for the next three and a half months before the NFL reexamines his status for the 2017 season.
Smith (suspension) met with league officials Friday, CSN reports. Smith -- who was eligible for reinstatement Nov. 17 -- completed the next step in his quest to get back on the football field in meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials Friday. However, it isn't clear whether the meeting went well or not. He is reportedly in "fantastic shape", though, and would likely provide an instant boost to the Raiders' pass rush if given the opportunity.
Smith is in the process of scheduling a meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell or another high-ranking league official to state his case for reinstatement, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Smith is nearing completion of his one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Since the punishment was handed down, Smith entered a treatment center, and will hope to convince whomever hears his case that he's made the necessary changes in his life to resume his playing career without running into further off-field problems.
Smith (suspension) has applied for reinstatement into the NFL, Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Smith's one-year suspension that he was serving for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy is nearing an end, and after entering a treatment center in late July, Smith will once again attempt to make a return to the NFL. Having been suspended and under investigation multiple times over the past few years, Smith will have a lot to prove to the league if he wishes to play once again.