Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has applied for reinstatement, GM Reggie McKenzie tells Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle. Smith’s one-year suspension formally ends on Nov. 17 and league sources tell Tafur that he is out of rehab.
“Aldon is doing well,” McKenzie said. “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 [Roger] Goodell at some point.”
McKenzie added that Smith is “working out and getting ready,” though the team is forbidden from contacting Smith per the terms of his ban. Tafur writes that Oakland has kept in touch with Smith through intermediaries, including Smith’s agent.
Smith appeared in seven games for Oakland last season and inked a two-year extension with the team this spring. His $11.5MM deal contains no guaranteed money, so the Raiders can cut bait without financial penalty if Smith cannot stay on the right path.
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