Just two days after being ruled out indefinitely following an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has reportedly been admitted to an in-patient treatment facility for alcohol abuse, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.
According to a source familiar with Smith's situation, there's no telling how long the 23-year-old (24 on Sept. 25) will be in treatment and away from the team: "It's not like he's going to be magically cured in a month. If his problem is serious enough, a month might not be enough."
Werder also reports that the treatment center is "independent of the 49ers," as the NFL Players Association aims to make sure that Smith is treated as a person rather than a player.
The third-year linebacker was arrested in San Jose around 7 a.m. local time on Friday morning after police received a call regarding a single-vehicle crash. According to the police report, Smith's truck ran off the road and struck a tree. Upon arrival, authorities administered several field sobriety tests and discovered marijuana and pills.
He was released from a Santa Clara County Jail hours later after posting $5,250 bail.
Smith, who recorded five total tackles in Sunday's 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, apologized for his actions and announced that he would be leaving the team to receive treatment, via a statement from the team released shortly after Sunday's game at Candlestick Park:
I am taking a leave of absence to address my health. I am sorry that I have affected my team, my family and the organization. I will do everything in my power to handle this situation the best way possible. I appreciate the support of the 49ers and our fans.
The 49ers placed Smith on the reserve/non-football injury list on Monday, Sept. 23.
The Greenwood, Miss., native has been involved in a number of run-ins with the law in recent years, including a DUI charge in Miami back in January 2012.
A former first-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2011, Smith has recorded 37 sacks for the Niners over the past two-plus season, setting a franchise record with 19.5 in 2012.
San Francisco is off to a sluggish 1-2 start and is tied for 19th in the league in sacks with just seven through three games—half of which belong to Smith.
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