San Francisco 49ers‘ linebacker Aldon Smith will be out indefinitely, according to CEO Jed York.
This comes two days after Smith was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence as well as the possession of marijuana.
Smith will not be with the team when they play the Rams on Thursday, as he will seek treatment for problems. York said that the 49ers “will stand with Aldon Smith and help him resolve personal problems,” according to Ed Werder of ESPN.
There was speculation that the 49ers would place him on the inactive list for Sunday’s game against the Colts, but head coach Jim Harbaugh told the media that they planned to have him play. He did start and played most of the game, recording five tackles.
According to York, the decision to play Smith was made primarily by Harbaugh and GM Trent Baalke, but he did not disagree with them.
Smith was the driver in a solo vehicle crash around 7 am on Friday in the Silver Creek area, according to San Jose police. When the officers arrived, he was subjected to a series of tests, including a breath sample. There were also marijuana and pills found in his car during the subsequent search.
It was also reported by the Mercury News that Smith blew a .15 during his breathalyzer test.
This is not his first run in with the law, Smith was named in in a lawsuit earlier this month claiming he and former 49er teammate Delanie Walker discharged firearms while intoxicated during a party at Smith’s house in 2012 where the star defensive end was stabbed.
Smith could also be suspended by the NFL for violating for substance abuse and alcohol-related incidents. He had a similar charge for DUI in Miami in January 2012, but was able to get the charges reduced. This time, he may not be so lucky.
According to NFLPA documents for alcohol-related incidents ’discipline for a second or subsequent offense is likely to be a suspension, the duration of which may escalate for repeat offenses.’