49ers LB Aldon Smith reinstated following nine-game suspension
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been reinstated following a nine-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct and substance abuse policies, and CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports that Smith will participate in the team's walk-through today.
Smith's suspension ended after San Francisco defeated the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Despite fulfilling the league's requirements for a reduced suspension, the NFL did not shorten his ban.
Because he needs to pay back more than $1 million from his signing bonus, Smith will be paying the 49ers to play this season. In addition to his $525,000 salary after taxes, Smith will pay the team $661,000.
Since being the No. 7 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Smith has 42.0 sacks in 43 games. He missed five games last season while undergoing treatment following a DUI arrest.
San Francisco is No. 2 in the NFL in yards allowed this season, but is tied for No. 24 in sacks with just 15.0 on the season.
The 49ers are 5-4 and in third place in the NFC West. They play at the New York Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
- Paul Palladino