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Report: Aldon Smith will enter rehab soon

Aldon Smith mug shotAldon Smith is likely to enter rehab and could go as early as this week, according to reports.

Smith played in the San Francisco 49ers’ ugly 27-7 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday (we thought the decision to play him was inexcusable). Smith was arrested around 7 a.m. on Friday morning for suspicion of DUI and possession of pills and marijuana after crashing his car. It was his second DUI-related arrest since he entered the league. He also was stabbed last year at a party at his home. He is facing a lawsuit for allegedly firing a gun during that same party.

FOX NFL Sunday insider Jay Glazer reported that Smith could go to rehab this week because of concern over his substance abuse problems. Pro Football Talk reported that Smith will enter rehab sooner than later.

The 49ers play at St. Louis on Thursday night. 49ers reporter Matt Maicco said Smith’s locker was “completely empty” after Sunday’s game.

Smith going to rehab would be his choice, possibly based on the recommendation from the team and those close to him. It would not be related to any discipline from the league; the NFL could still suspend Smith for violations of the league’s personal conduct policy.

The Niners got throttled at home by the Colts, proving that they obviously did not need Smith in the game. There was no excuse for playing him. Regardless of whether charges get reduced or dropped, the Niners knew Smith got in serious trouble on Friday. What message are they trying to send?


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