49ers’ Aldon Smith Gets Nine-Game NFL Ban for Substance Abuse

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith was banned for the first nine games of the National Football League regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies.

Smith, a fourth-year player who was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2012 after recording 19.5 sacks, will be eligible to return to the 49ers following their Nov. 9 game against the New Orleans Saints, the NFL said yesterday in a statement posted on Twitter.

Smith, 24, was sentenced last month to three years of probation and to spend 11 days with a work crew after he pleaded no contest to drunken driving and weapons charges, according to the Associated Press.

He also missed five games last season while undergoing treatment at an in-patient center following a Sept. 20 arrest for driving under the influence, AP said.

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