49ers activate linebacker Aldon Smith
The 49ers activated Aldon Smith from the non-football injury list Thursday, the team announced on Twitter.
Earlier in October, the 24-year-old turned himself in to authorities and was charged with possession of illegal assault weapons. His next court date is Nov. 12, and he will appear back in court approximately a week later to address separate DUI and drug charges.
Smith visited the team at their headquarters on Wednesday, and head coach Jim Harbaugh said he was treating his absence as “day-to-day.”
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reported Wednesday that Smith could possibly play as early as Nov. 10 against the Carolina Panthers. He has missed the past five games, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said his voluntary absence would be taken into account when considering any league discipline.
The 49ers are continuing to pay his $98,978 weekly salary, but he is expected to incur an NFL fine of at least two weeks without pay, a source told CSNBayArea.com.