AFC West

Oakland Raiders: Aldon Smith Out of Rehab, Applies for Reinstatement


The Oakland Raiders may be getting some much-needed insurance on defense just in time for the second half.

General manager Reggie McKenzie has reportedly told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Vic Tafur that linebacker Aldon Smith is now out of rehab and has applied for reinstatement into the league.

Smith, 27, is currently serving a one-year suspension following a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and it’s scheduled to end on Nov. 17.

“Aldon is doing well,” McKenzie said, per Tafur. “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 yah, nay or when. And he could say no to everything … that part is out of our hands. “The league will take everything into consideration and Aldon will have to meet with Goodell at some point.”

Smith entered a rehabilitation center after a video surfaced through social media allegedly showing him smoking marijuana. Smith would go on to deny the accusations via Twitter.

Nonetheless, McKenzie feels Smith has taken the necessary steps to clear the air and thinks the league should ultimately reward him for his efforts.

“Aldon is working out and getting ready,” McKenzie said, per Tafur. “He is in a great place and that’s the main thing. Whether Goodell lets him out or not, that’s the important thing – that he’s healthy and happy. But I would hope that we as a league reward a guy – with stipulations – who goes through the right steps and wants to get better and get his life in order.”

In nine games for the Raiders last season, Smith recorded 3.5 sacks and 21 total tackles. He’s a player Oakland has sorely missed and could certainly plug him into their defense right about now.

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