The San Francisco 49ers have been without the services of Aldon Smith for the past four weeks, with the linebacker on indefinite leave from the team after his DUI arrest last month.
However, head coach Jim Harbaugh shed some light into a possible return for Smith this season.
“I’m not real knowledgeable on exactly when that’s going to be, but I think that at some point in the next couple of weeks,” Harbaugh told the media. “I’m hopeful, but I’m not the definitive source on any announcement there.”
In addition to the DUI, Smith is also in the midst of legal trouble. He was charged with three counts of possession of assault weapons last week that relate to an incident in 2012 at a house party that Smith hosted which spiraled out of control, when Smith was stabbed and two others were shot.
Even when he does return, the 49ers will need to be careful with Smith and hope he doesn’t get in any more trouble. He is likely to face a suspension from the NFL for the DUI arrest.
It is obvious that the talented linebacker needs help to avoid these issues in the future. He has been involved in several run-ins with the law already, and being caught for his second DUI in less than a year was probably the last straw.
His teammates will probably try to mentor him and put him in the right mindset.
As one team official told Gil Brandt of NFL.com, “I think the players see that now