Niners’ Smith will sit for DUI

McClatchy news servicesSeptember 23, 2013 

Niners outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) leaps over Colts wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (81) in Sunday’s game. Smith will not play in Thursday’s game against St. Louis due to a DUI arrest Friday.


Linebacker Aldon Smith will miss Thursday night’s game at St. Louis and perhaps sit out longer, San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York said Sunday.

Smith will seek treatment following his arrest Friday for suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession. After Sunday’s loss to the Colts, Smith apologized and acknowledged he will get help, but didn’t field questions.

“First off, I wanted to apologize to the team, the organization, my family and everybody I let down,” he said. “I also wanted to let it be known that this is a problem and it’s something that I will get fixed, and that I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that this never happens again. I also wanted to let everybody know that once again I’m sorry.”

Smith started for San Francisco and had five tackles in a 27-7 loss to the Colts, two days after he was arrested and jailed early Friday morning after his truck hit a tree.


Von Miller was caught trying to manipulate the NFL’s drug-testing system, which led to a six-game suspension that could have been longer.

A person familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Sunday that Denver’s All-Pro linebacker tried to avoid a positive test under the league’s substance-abuse policy. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not announced the details of Miller’s violation. The manipulation attempt was first reported by ESPN.

Miller received a six-game suspension as a compromise between the NFL, the players union and Miller’s representatives; the league wanted a longer penalty for the third-year player. When his ban was announced last month, Miller said in a statement, “although my suspension doesn’t result from a positive test, there is no excuse for my violations of the rules.”

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello and the Broncos declined to comment.


DeMarcus Ware became the Dallas Cowboys’ career sacks leader.

Ware matched Harvey Martin’s 30-year-old franchise record with his 114th in the first half against St. Louis, and got his second of the game to surpass Martin in the third quarter.


Lions defensive tackle Jason Jones ruptured a tendon in his left knee in the second quarter and will miss the rest of the season. … The Dolphins lost end Cameron Wake (knee) and linebacker Koa Misi (shoulder) to injuries in their win over the Falcons. ... The Bucs lost receiver Vincent Jackson to a rib injury in the third quarter. ... Cowboys receiver Miles Austin injured a hamstring and didn’t come back to his club’s 31-7 home win over the Rams. ... Vikings cornerback Chris Cook injured a groin muscle in the first quarter and didn’t return. ... Bills back C.J. Spiller was knocked out in the third quarter by a knee injury. ... Jets running back Chris Ivory left the game against the Bills with a hamstring injury. ... Niners All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis went down with a groin injury and did not return. … Cardinals defensive tackle Dan Williams did not attend the game because of the death of his father in a car wreck.

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