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Aldon Smith, 49ers linebacker, suspended nine games

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San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended the first nine games of the regular season, according to the NFC’s Director of Communications, Randall Liu.

Smith will loose over $2.5 million of his $4.6 million salary he was supposed to earn in 2014.

This suspension comes after a heavy year of controversy involving Smith. He earned a second offense for driving under the influence last September and entered a rehabilitation facility which required him to take an indefinite leave of absence. In October, Smith was charged on “three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon,” which were reduced to misdemeanors.

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In April, Smith was arrested again for supposedly claiming he was in possession of a bomb at Los Angeles International Airport, but those charges were eventually dropped because it was determined he did not clearly state he was carrying a bomb.

The nine games Smith will miss are as follows:
@ Dallas Cowboys
vs. Chicago Bears
@ Arizona Cardinals
vs. Philadelphia Eagles
vs. Kansas City Chiefs
@ St. Louis Rams (Monday Night)
@ Denver Broncos
vs. St. Louis Rams
@ New Orleans Saints

According to CBS Sports, 49ers general manager provided the following statement on Smith’s suspension:

“Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it. Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally.”

The 49ers will be without Smith and and three-time All-Pro LB Navarro Bowman. Bowman will miss at least the first seven games of the regular season while he rehabs from an ACL tear suffered during the NFC Championship in Seattle last season.

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About Ryan Snowden

Ryan Snowden is an NHL beat reporter for DLS and lives in Medford, NJ. Before graduating Shawnee High School in 2012, he was involved in the award-winning program ShawneeTV. Snowden also spent time as a student-producer for Lenape District Television. Presently, Ryan is the student sports producer of WBZC 88.9 and a student at Temple University majoring in journalism. Ryan is a passionate and unbiased Philly sports fan.

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