San Francisco, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The San Francisco 49ers will open the season without linebacker Aldon Smith who was slapped with a 9-game suspension due to his personal conduct and substance abuse violations.
Smith will still be allowed to attend team meetings and is available to return on Week 11 after the 49ers’ game against New Orleans on November 9.
49ers GM Trent Baalke stated, “Our organization has known this decision would come, and we have prepared for it as a team.”
He also said that Smith is being responsible for his actions and they will continue to support him.
“Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally.”
Baalke added, “But it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”
Smith will reportedly lose around $1.24 million of his $2.34 million salary because of the suspension.
According to SB Nation, the suspension was affected by off-field violations from last year including DUI and gun charges.
Last season, Smith had 8½ sacks and 34 tackles in 11 games with eight starts.
He will be back on the field on November 16 when the 49ers face the New York Giants.