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Smith applies for NFL reinstatement

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has applied for reinstatement with the National Football League. Smith has been suspended since last year.

His last game that he played in the NFL on November 14, 2015 against the Minnesota Vikings. He played nine games of the 2015 season, before being banned following an August incident.

He was charged with DUI, hit and run and vandalism last August. That put him in violation with the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substance Abuse.

Aldon Smith (Getty Images)

Aldon Smith (Getty Images)

He’s eligible to return in November. However, that may not be as easy as one may think.

This summer a video came out that alleges that Smith was smoking an unknown substance. He denies it was him, yet the woman, who recorded it, says it was him.

He also went into rehab after the video came out. The NFL looked into the video.

“Aldon is doing well,” GM Reggie McKenzie said. “That situation is going to be totally up to the league because he’s been in the program and they’ve monitored him. It’s up to Goodell to say yah, nay or when. And he could say no to everything … that part is out of our hands. The league will take everything into consideration and Aldon will have to meet with Goodell at some point.”

If the Raiders do get him back, then they’ll add to an already stacked defense that features Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin. If he returns, the earliest he can return is November 21st against the Houston Texans in Mexico City.

“Aldon is working out and getting ready,” McKenzie added. “He is in a great place and that’s the main thing. Whether Goodell lets him out or not, that’s the important thing – that he’s healthy and happy. But I would hope that we as a league reward a guy – with stipulations – who goes through the right steps and wants to get better and get his life in order.”

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