Sunday, September 22, 2013

Aldon Smith’s playing time will hinge on his mindset

Yes, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith will play on Sunday.  But he may not play much.

Per a league source, Smith’s playing time for Sunday will hinge on his mindset.  If it seems that his Friday arrest for DUI and reportedly marijuana possession is affecting him, he could play sparingly.  If it isn’t, he could play more.

And while the Niners won’t be disciplining Smith, it’s becoming more clear that something is coming.  ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the player’s well being has become the focal point for the organization.  If the latest DUI incident shows that there’s a problem, getting that problem addressed is far more important than imposing punishment on the player.

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