Will another NFL team ever take a chance on Aldon Smith again?
The league suspended the Oakland Raiders' troubled linebacker for one year without pay for violating its substance-abuse policy, the NFL confirmed with ESPN on Tuesday.
This comes after Smith, 25, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run, DUI and vandalism from an August incident. He was already suspended for nine games last season for violating both the league's substance-abuse and personal conduct policies.
"Under the terms of the policy, Smith will be eligible to apply for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary of the suspension," the NFL said in a statement to ESPN.
Smith had signed with the Raiders on a one-year deal with a $1.25 million base salary, although he could have earned up to $8 million had he reached his incentives.
"First, I want to thank the Raiders, my teammates, the fans, our coaches and our owner for supporting me throughout all of this," Smith said in the Raiders' press release statement, as reported by ESPN. "I am taking this time to work on myself and become the man I need to be, my team and organization needs me to be and I know I can be.
"I had lost my love for the game, and it led me to some poor choices, but I am thankful to the Raider organization for believing in me this season and will continue to better myself and grow from my experiences," Smith added. "I look forward to rejoining the team next year."
That's if they'll have him back.
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