Aldon Smith: Latest News, Rumors and Speculation on Raiders LB’s Future

Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has been out due to suspension all season long, and a return in 2016 seems unlikely.

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Latest on Smith's Possible Return Friday, Dec. 9 Smith met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. No decision was made on his playing status for the remainder of the season. 

Smith Working to Return from Suspension Monday, Dec. 5 Rapoport reported Smith is setting up a meeting with Goodell or a "high-ranking official" to make his case that the league should reinstate him. On Dec. 4, Rapoport reported Smith had done all of his necessary meetings and extended his rehab by 60 days but did not yet have a meeting on the books.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk cited a source who said a decision on Smith is expected to be made soon.

Smith Has Had Myriad Issues During Career The NFL suspended Smith last November for violating the league's policy on substance abuse. Even with the suspension, the Raiders signed the linebacker to a one-year deal in the offseason.

Smith had originally planned to return by the end of November.

"I'll be back in two weeks, you can ask me all the questions then," the 27-year-old said on Dec. 4, per Janie McCauley of the Associated Press.

The league will first need to reinstate him, and Goodell will have to consider his entire off-field history.

Smith was arrested five times in a span of three years, most notably for a hit-and-run with a DUI. That arrest in August 2015 led him to be released by the San Francisco 49ers, with whom he spent the first four years of his career.

He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in nine games, totaling 3.5 sacks. In his career, Smith has 47.5 sacks in five seasons and was named first-team All-Pro in 2012.

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Article Source: Bleacher Report - Oakland Raiders