This suspension stems from an incident with the troubled Smith that happened in August. He was arrested in Santa Clara, California for an alleged hit-and-run after driving under the influence and vandalism charges.
Smith said that he was innocent from the charges after he was released from jail.
However, the San Francisco 49ers, who stood by him under his previous arrests, were fed up and decided to move on.
This news comes as the Raiders have seven games left in the regular season. The Raiders (4-5) signed Smith to a one-year deal so he’ll be a free agent before being able to sign with another team.
The Raiders; however, said they’d wanted to re-sign him to a long-term deal. Now, who knows what will happen, as they’ll have to wait until the suspension is over until they potentially try to re-sign him.
He’s facing three misdemeanors from the arrest, and could potentially face 2 1/2 years in jail if he’s convicted on all charges.
Smith, whose playing outside linebacker for the Raiders instead of defensive end like he was with the 49ers, had 28 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 3 pass deflections. He’s started seven out of the eight games with the Raiders.
In his final game with the Raiders against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, a 30-14 loss, Smith had three tackles and a sack.
He’s been in the NFL since the 2011 season with the 49ers. His his career, he has 180 tackles and 47.5 sacks and a safety. He also has eight pass deflections, an interception, and five forced fumbles, all coming in 2011 and 2012.