Linebacker Aldon Smith wants to be part of the Oakland Raiders’ winning season. Smith, who is suspended because of violating the league’s substance abuse rules, has applied for reinstatement, the Raiders general manager confirmed.
Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie said that Smith is in condition and wants to return to the team soon. The Raiders need to get clearance from the league with his one-year suspension for the substance abuse expiring on November 17.
Some sources say that Smith is already out of rehab and has successfully undergone the program. A meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will pave the way for his return if cleared.
“Aldon is doing well. That situation is going to be totally up to the league because he’s been in the program and they’ve monitored him. It’s up to Goodell to say, ‘Yea, nay or when.’ And he could say no to everything. … That part is out of our hands,” McKenzie stated to the San Francisco Chronicle.
“The league will take everything into consideration and Aldon will have to meet with Goodell at some point.”
Smith has played just nine games for the Raiders in the 2015 season before the suspension. The 27-year-old LB had 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks last year in Oakland. He played for the San Francisco 49ers in his first four years in the league (2011 to 2014).
The Raiders are co-leaders in the AFC West with a 5-2 record tied with the defending champions Denver Broncos.
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