Aldon Smith's tenure with the Oakland Raiders has come to an abrupt end following a year-long suspension handed down by the NFL for his violation of the Substance Abuse Policy.
In the month of August, Smith was charged with a DUI, hit and run, and vandalism. Those actions have not just resulted in a year-long suspension, but he will not even be guaranteed back into the NFL, he must apply to rejoin the league no sooner than mid-November 2016.
After the 49ers released the decorated pass rusher from their team following his fifth, yes, fifth arrest, Smith found a new home with the Oakland Raiders for 2015.
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Since joining the Raiders, Smith had boosted the team's pass rush tremendously, working alongside rising star linebacker Khalil Mack the pair registered nine sacks, eight quarterback hits, and 62 quarterback hurries.
Now with Smith gone for the year, and with veteran defensive lineman Justin Tuck injured for the season, the Raiders' pass rush has certainly lost its fear factor.
Unless some lesser known players can step up, the burden of pass-rushing seems to be solely in the hands of Khalil Mack, which will no doubt hamper their defence as opposing teams focus in on Mack.
This type of circumstance comes at the worst time possible for the Raiders, having lost two straight games.
The team are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, their defence has now taken a huge blow.
For the Raiders to rebound from the losses and continue their journey to the playoffs, quarterback Derek Carr and the offence will have to play mistake-free, high-quality football, as will the ageless Charles Woodson and the backend of the Raiders defence.
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