According to sources, the San Francisco 49ers does not expect linebacker Aldon Smith to return to action this season, and the player’s fans and pay per head sportsbooks are not very pleased, but can understand his situation.
Price per head services learned that the player is on an indefinite leave of absence from the defending NFC champion 49ers while being treated for substance abuse in a rehab facility after a DUI arrest on September 20.
Smith, 24-years-old, and a favourite with pay per head sportsbooks, is also looking at three felony charges of illegal possession of an assault weapon in a case that stems from a party at his home that took place in 2012.
The team and pay per head sportsbooks believe that Smith’s issues run very deep, and that the linebacker has plenty of work to do on turning his life around before anyone can consider him making a return to football.
The 49ers hope that Smith will be able to benefit from the help that he is receiving in the facility, and that not only his career will be saved, but his life as well.
And pay per head sportsbooks know that even if Smith does return this season to San Francisco, the team knows how shaky the situation is, as the player is one step away from a year-long ban.
Smith, who last season set a franchise record with 19.5 sacks, is on the reserve non-football injury list while being in rehab, and the NFL does not have a minimum amount of games he must miss while being on the list.
On Wednesday, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh would not say whether he expects Smith to return this season to the team.
After his legal issues are resolved, the player will likely face a suspension from the NFL, or will pushed back to next season, and pay per head sportsbooks wonder what will ultimately happen with the player.
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Smith, who was picked seventh overall in the 2011 draft out of Missouri, was previously arrested in January 2012 on suspicion of DUI in Miami shortly after his team lost in the NFC title game.