Just as things were starting to look down for the 49ers, they get back one of the most explosive pass rushers in football back on the squad.
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The NFL officially has reinstated 49ers LB Aldon Smith, following a nine-game suspension for violations of the personal conduct policy and the substance abuse policy.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, Smith hasn’t practiced or played since the preseason, but he has been permitted to work out at the facility and attend meetings.
“He’s eligible to play and to practice,” 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters on Monday. “Very much look forward to that. There’s consequences for our actions — good and bad. Good consequences for good action. And there’s accountability. He has served that. He has done that. Look forward to moving forward in a fresh, clean slate.”
Smith was named to the Pro Bowl and was a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2012 after recording 19.5 sacks, an INT and 3 forced fumbles.