Return of Aldon Smith Should Spark 49ers’ Already Lethal Defense

November 11, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has officially been reinstated from his nine-game suspension following off-field incidents that prompted the decision.
News of the reinstatement was made by the NFL (h/t Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area) on Tuesday morning, and the fourth-year pro will be eligible to return to action with the 49ers take on the New York Giants in Week 11.
The 49ers are not required to make a roster move immediately, per Maiocco. The NFL has granted them a one-week window in which to determine whether or not they want to make room for him on the 53-man roster. But Maiocco speculates that Smith will be on the roster for San Francisco's Week 11 contest.
A subsequent roster move could feasibly involve fellow linebacker Patrick Willis, who is expected to land on injured reserve, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, after suffering a season-ending toe injury.
Roster moves aside, Smith will unquestionably benefit a 49ers pass rush that has struggled ...

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