All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers has been suspended by the league for the first nine games of the 2014 NFL season.
Smith's suspension was broken down into four games for violations of the substance abuse policy and the other five games for violations of the personal conduct policy.
"Our organization has known this decision would come, and we have prepared for it as a team" 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke stated." Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead."
Smith was sentenced in July to 11 days of work release in a Santa Clara County court after his September 2013 arrest for drunken driving. This was his second such arrest since being drafted by the 49ers in 2011.
Smith will be eligible to return after the 49ers Nov. 9th game against New Orleans.