If you were surprised by the notion that outside linebacker Aldon Smith could possibly return to the San Francisco 49ers for their week nine match up against the St. Louis Rams, you're probably not alone…just ask the 49ers.
According to NBC's Pro Football Talk,
"G.M. Trent Baalke quickly said he didn’t know anything about it. On Monday, coach Jim Harbaugh said the same thing."
Smith was suspended for nine games for violating the league’s personal conduct and substance abuse policy before the start of the season. However, during Sunday Night Football's halftime show, Mike Florio stated that Smith's suspension could be reduced by a game or two for good behavior. The Niners pass rushing specialist was slated to return to the team on November 10th, a day after their week 10 game against the New Orleans Saints.
The interesting point in this story was that there was no notion of a possible reduction when the suspension was given up.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen confirmed the reports by PFT and stated that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Rothlisberger and Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall experienced similar reductions during their past suspensions.Read more... Join the Conversation...