NFC West Links: Smith, Rams, Cardinals

We learned yesterday that 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will be suspended for the first nine games of the 2014 season for violating the league’s policies for substances of abuse and personal conduct.

Today, a statement was released on behalf of the former Pro Bowler (via the NFL Network’s Albert Breer):

“I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire 49ers organization and 49ers fans for not being able to contribute on the field for the next several weeks. Over the last year, I have learned a lot and I’m working hard to grow from my experiences. I want to thank my family and friends, my teammates, my union and the 49ers for supporting me during this process. I will be at work daily to participate in all permitted work activities, and to support my teammates, just as they have supported me.”

Let’s check out some more notes from the NFC West…

  • The Rams will “take a look” at free agent quarterback Terrelle Pryor, tweets ESPN’s Nick Wagoner. Pryor was released by the Seahawks earlier today.
  • Rams coach Jeff Fisher indicated that there might not be a spot on the practice squad for recently released rookie Michael Sam“The practice squad is heavily dependent on what you do in other positions…We may have to go heavy in the other positions,” Fisher said (via Wagoner’s Twitter).
  • The Cardinals currently have six wide receivers on their roster, but Darren Urban of warns that players like Walt Powell could easily be moved to the practice squad.
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