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Aldon Smith | Linebacker | #99

Team: Oakland Raiders
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/25/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 265
College: Missouri
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (7) / SF
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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith hopes to meet with the commissioner to discuss his possible reinstatement.
Per Rapsheet, Smith is "setting up" a meeting to meet with Roger Goodell or another "high-ranking official." Smith was supposed to have already learned his status, but the league is apparently hedging. Smith would be returning from an indefinite ban for multiple arrests/violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. He'd be a major weapon for the Raiders down the stretch. Dec 5 - 3:27 PM

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Suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith will learn if he's reinstated by Friday.

Under the collecting bargaining agreement, commissioner Roger Goodell has a 60-day window to decide on reinstatement. The 60-day period will be up on Friday. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, there is "guarded optimism" within the Raiders' organization that Smith will be reinstated. Smith spent four months in a rehab facility in Colorado after a video of him smoking an unknown substance went viral over the summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 27 - 10:15 AM

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said "nothing's changed" with suspended OLB Aldon Smith's status.

Smith has been posting on social media about his "comeback," but just because he's eligible for reinstatement doesn't mean he will be reinstated. Del Rio doesn't sound like someone who is expecting his pass rusher back any time soon.
Nov 17 - 3:10 PM

Suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith has applied for reinstatement.

Smith's one-year suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy ends November 17, but his reinstatement is not a slam dunk after a video which may have shown him smoking an unknown substance surfaced over the summer. Smith checked into rehab after the video became public, but he is no longer at the clinic. GM Reggie McKenzie said the reinstatement is completely in commissioner Roger Goodell's hands. Smith is expected to meet with Goodell at some point.
Oct 27 - 11:00 AM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said the team will continue to support suspended OLB Aldon Smith as he begins rehab for the second time.

"Whatever he does to ensure his health, we’re going to stand by him," said McKenzie. "We’re not going to bail on him." Smith checked into a rehab clinic on Friday just days after a strange Periscope video surfaced that may have showed him smoking an unknown substance. He's already serving a year-long suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy and won't be allowed to apply for reinstatement until November.
Jul 31 - 8:38 AM

TMZ reports suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith has checked into a rehab clinic.

It's his second rehab stint after going in 2013 following two DUI arrests. Smith is currently serving a year-long substance abuse suspension. He also made headlines earlier this week after a Periscope video surfaced that may have showed Smith smoking an unknown substance. It's great that Smith is finally seeking help, but only time will tell if it's enough to resurrect his career.
Jul 29 - 3:05 PM

Suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith claims it's not him in the "fire up session" video posted on Periscope.

The man who says his name is Aldon Smith in the video certainly sounds like him, but there's no definitive visual evidence. If it ends up being proven to be Smith in the video, it would be a catastrophic blunder from a player currently serving a year-long suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Smith can apply for reinstatement in November.
Jul 25 - 1:17 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the NFL is investigating a Periscope video which allegedly shows Raiders suspended OLB Aldon Smith smoking an unidentified substance.

The video is titled "Fire up session" and shows a lit, hand-rolled cigarette. While Smith's face is not seen on the video in question, his voice is clearly heard, and the post comes from an account which featured Smith on camera several times. A woman astutely warns Smith he should not be posting the video, but Smith says it is fine because "they don't have my name." He then says his name at the end of the video. Already suspended until at least November, this situation is unlikely to earn Smith any more fans in the league office.
Jul 25 - 9:45 AM

Updating a previous item, Raiders suspended OLB Aldon Smith's Friday hearing for a probation violation did not stem from a new incident.

Smith was also in court Friday to dispute DUI charges picked up in August of 2015, charges which violated his probation. Although the violation does not stem from a new incident, it is a reminder of the amount of trouble Smith has found himself in throughout his career. He is not eligible for reinstatement until November.
Jun 25 - 10:50 AM

Suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith will be arraigned for a probation violation Friday.

Smith will also be in court to argue a motion to suppress evidence in a DUI case from August of 2015. Those charges led to his release from the 49ers and his current one-year suspension. Smith is eligible to apply for reinstatement in November. A probation violation will not help his cause.
Jun 23 - 11:46 PM

Suspended OLB Aldon Smith's DUI trial is scheduled for May 2.

Smith is facing misdemeanor counts of DUI, hit-and-run and vandalism from his August arrest. His legal situation will be resolved before training camp. Smith isn’t eligible for reinstatement until November.
Apr 22 - 7:11 PM

Raiders OLB Aldon Smith's new two-year contract includes a $250,000 bonus for every game he is on the 53-man roster.

In other words, it ties much of his compensation to avoiding trouble off the field. Smith is currently serving a one-year suspension. Smith still has the potential to be one of the league's best pass rushers, but is one strike away from potentially ending his NFL career.
Apr 5 - 5:19 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with suspended OLB Aldon Smith on a two-year, $11 million contract.

Smith is suspended until at least November, but the Raiders apparently didn't want to risk missing out on him for a potential stretch run. It's also a vote of confidence that he's turned his life around. Smith has only 5.5 sacks over his past 16 games, but remains five months shy of his 27th birthday. He still has the potential to be one of the best pass rushers in the league. If Smith does make it back later this year, the Raiders will be able to field one of the league's most lethal pass-rush trios in Smith, Khalil Mack, and Bruce Irvin.
Apr 4 - 1:53 PM

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Monday the team has had "conversations" with suspended free agent OLB Aldon Smith.

Smith isn't eligible for reinstatement until November, but it sounds like he'll have a home waiting for him in Oakland if the NFL gives Smith the green light. "The conversations have been good," said McKenzie. "Really, it's encouraging him as a person to continue to get his life right." Smith's one-year ban stems from multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
Mar 21 - 5:16 PM

Suspended Raiders OLB Aldon Smith's contract will not toll to 2016.

It means he will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Of course, interest will be minimal in a player who can't even apply for reinstatement until next November. Smith turns 27 next September. Another off-the-field issue could mean the end of his NFL career.
Tue, Nov 17, 2015 06:46:00 PM

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