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11/17/15 - OLB Aldon Smith has been suspended for one year by the NFL for substance abuse. The league made the announcement Tuesday. Under the terms of the policy, Smith will be eligible to apply for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary of the suspension.
In a statement, Smith said, "First, I want to thank the Raiders, my teammates, the fans, our coaches and our owner for supporting me throughout all of this. I am taking this time to work on myself and become the man I need to be, my team and organization needs me to be, and I know I can be.
"I had lost my love for the game and it led me to some poor choices, but I am thankful to the Raider organization for believing in me this season and will continue to better myself and grow from my experiences. I look forward to rejoining the team next year."
The Raiders issued a statement, saying, "Aldon has been a positive addition to the Raiders. He remains prominently in our long-term plans and we will continue to support this member of our family as he gets the help that he needs."
Smith, who was released by the San Francisco 49ers in August following a string of off-field incidents, pleaded not guilty in September to hit and run, drunken driving and vandalism. The 25 year old was arrested in August on drunken driving charges in Santa Clara, Calif.
Previously, he was suspended nine games in 2014 for what the league called violations of its policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.
Smith was also arrested in April 2013 at Los Angeles International Airport after being uncooperative during a random secondary screening while passing through security.
A first-round pick out of Missouri in 2011, Smith has 3.5 sacks and 28 tackles in nine games for Oakland this season and 47.5 sacks in 59 career regular-season games.
11/09/15 - LB Aldon Smith had an 11-yard sack of Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. He has 2.5 sacks for the Raiders.
09/12/15 - LB Aldon Smith, who signed with the Oakland Raiders on Friday, reportedly will play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Smith is expected to play about 20 snaps, a source told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport on Saturday.
09/11/15 - The Raiders signed former San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith to a one-year contract Friday.
Smith chose to stay in the Bay Area after getting interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams.
The troubled Smith, despite his off-the-field issues, will be eligible to play Sunday, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Smith practiced with the team Friday.
The 49ers released Smith on Aug. 7 after he was arrested the night before on hit-and-run, driving under the influence and vandalism charges in Santa Clara, Calif. It was Smith's fifth arrest since 2012, and he could be subject to NFL discipline in the future, pending the judicial outcome of his latest incident.
Smith joins the Raiders after four seasons with the 49ers in which he totaled 44 sacks in 50 games. His career totals also include 192 tackles, five passes defensed, one interception and 5.5 sacks in eight career playoff games.
08/10/15 - LB Aldon Smith had his contract terminated by the 49ers Friday (Aug. 7) after his arrest Thursday night by Santa Clara, Calif., police on hit-and-run, DUI and vandalism charges.
"This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues. Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue," the team said in a statement.
General manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Tomsula met with Smith after he was released from jail Friday morning. When Smith refused to take responsibility for being arrested, the decision was made to release him, a team source told ESPN's Jim Trotter.
An emotional Tomsula addressed the media shortly after the team's decision, pleading to those with alcohol problems to get help.
"It's a sad day," the first-year 49ers coach said at a news conference. "We're not worried about football. This has nothing to do with football. ... If one person out there reads this and you're struggling, get help. Go get it. You're worth it. We value every human being. Get the help. You don't have to walk alone. Find it. It's there.
"Although Aldon will not be playing football here, he will be supported. He will not be alone. ... We saw a man fighting, working and trying. ... Once again, real life, everyone has struggles. They're just in different ways. ... From our perspective, from him, we need the things that need to be addressed with 100 percent of everything he has."
The Santa Clara Police Department said the 25-year-old Smith was booked and released with a bail of $26,000.
Police Lt. Kurt Clarke said during a news conference later Friday that a call was made to police at 8:46 p.m. local time Thursday to report a disturbance involving a collision. Responding officers found that Smith struck a parked vehicle while parking his own. After the collision occurred, Smith exited his vehicle and caused additional damage to the parked vehicle with his car door, police said.
Smith had left