49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will play on Sunday, two days after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith, who was arrested at 7 a.m. PT on Friday on suspicion of DUI, could enter drug rehab "as early as this week," Fox Sports' Jay Glazer is reporting.
The team, league and players association have reached a consensus that Smith needs treatment, but are waiting until after Sunday's game against the Colts to take action, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said at his press conference on Friday that the team is allowing Smith to play because he “needs to go to work, face his teammates and soldier through it.”
San Francisco cannot suspend Smith under the collective bargaining agreement and substance-abuse policy, Mortensen reports, so the team has been working independently and showing "genuine concern" for Smith's well-being, according to Glazer.
Those close to him and team are concerned about him and are pushing for it in order for him to get help. Has already been discussed. 49ers are working w Aldon on this totally independent of league punishment. There is genuine concern. It's up to Aldon to decide this week if he goes or not.