San Francisco 49ers star outside linebacker Aldon Smith is on the verge of an NFL comeback after an array of personal problems has so far prevented him from taking to the field this season.
Smith was suspended by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy and substance abuse policy simultaneously, but the suspension ended on Tuesday, giving the sack specialist a chance to add to his current total of 42 in 43 starts when the 49ers take on New York Giants this weekend.
But even though Smith is carrying plenty of baggage at the 49ers, middle linebacker Ahmad Brooks says that his teammate has been given a clean slate after serving his suspension and attempting to get himself on the right track.
It’s not like Smith is or ever has been a menace to society, unless you're talking the NFL offensive tackles society. So there is no wonder that Brooks made these promising comments this week about Aldon’s standing with the 49ers’ locker room.
"He's going to come back a beast," San Francisco 49ers teammate Ahmad Brooks told USA TODAY Sports after Sunday's win against the New Orleans Saints.
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"I don't think that anything that has happened has affected him. I think he's dealing with it and he's glad that it's behind him. I think that he's ready to move forward and he has a clean slate."
Aware of the situation
It seems that Aldon Smith is getting support from an array of different people in his bid to comeback and put his stamp on the NFL again. A close friend and former roommate of his, Hilary Ikpe, says Smith is very aware of the situation his was in.
"He's very aware of his situation and how it affected him, how it affected his family and the people around him, just from the reaction of his fans and how he's been portrayed in the media," said Smith's long-time friend and former roommate, Hilary Ikpe. "I just don't think that part clicked (before). I think it kind of registered as, 'OK, now I'm this person, so I can get away with more.' It's the complete opposite."