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Trent Baalke praises 49ers LB Aldon Smith's offseason work ethic
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(4/17/15) 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has had plenty of off-field issues since entering the NFL.
After serving a nine-game suspension a year ago for violating the NFL's personal-conduct and substance-abuse policy, Smith returned and only tallied two sacks.
The time off followed by sub-par performances has ignited Smith on the practice field thus far, according to general manager Trent Baalke.
"He’s probably in as good a shape as he’s been in a long time," Baalke said, via the San Jose Mercury News. "He’s starting to develop into a leader out there, which is good to see and been a pleasure to watch."
Baalke knows that Smith has an uphill climb in repairing his image. But while Smith attempts to do so, Baalke wanted the San Francisco media to know that Smith is doing what he can to improve ont he playing field.
“He’s got a great look in his eye,” Baalke said. “He’s doing well. I look forward to having you guys visit with him.”
49ers GM: Aldon Smith 'trying to dealing with' personal adversity
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(2/19/15) 49ers general manager Trent Baalke spoke about defensive end Aldon Smith Thursday at the NFL combine, calling him "a tremendous young man," according to the team's website.
"Well, we sure hope so," Baalke said when asked if Smith would be able to mesh the professional and personal. "A lot of people haven’t had the pleasure of meeting Aldon. A great young man. He’s had some off-the-field adversity, some personal adversity that he’s trying to deal with and is dealing with. But, if you’ve ever had an opportunity to meet him, I think you’d feel how most of us feel, a tremendous young man."
Smith served a nine-game suspension during the 2014 season for violating the league's policies on personal conduct and substance abuse. He recorded two sacks in his seven games after returning from the suspension.
49ers dealing with litany of injuries heading into final week of season
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(12/22/14) The 49ers have already placed 16 players on the injured-reserve this season and could be without a few more for the season finale in Week 17 against the Cardinals.
"We've kept the doctors busy," coach Jim Harbaugh said.
Safety Eric Reid will see a neurologist for his third concussion in the last 16 months. Cornerback Perrish Cox suffered an AC joint injury Saturday and his status in unknown for Week 17.
Defensive end Aldon Smith suffered a head injury on the final drive of Saturday's game against the Chargers and Harbaugh had no update on his status.
The 49ers are currently 6-point favorites against the Cardinals, according to Vegas Insiders.
49ers LB Aldon Smith (head) questionable to return Saturday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(12/21/14) 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is questionable to return to Saturday's game against the Chargers with a head injury, the team announced.
Smith suffered the injury on the fourth quarter and started heading back to the locker room with just a few minutes left in the game but returned to the 49ers' sideline once the Chargers tied things up. He may see action in overtime if needed.
Aldon Smith makes immediate impact
|by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst|
|(11/17/14) 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said outside linebacker Aldon Smith "did some good things" in his return Sunday from a nine-game suspension.|
"Powered some blockers back into the quarterback," Harbaugh told the team's website. "He was close and definitely put pressure on the quarterback. Think the quarterback felt him, as he did our pass rush... There will be things to grow from in that regard. And I think the instincts will be honed quickly and the reflexes will come back very quickly."
Smith was credited with two QB hurries in the 16-10 win over the Giants, with safety Antoine Bethea saying Smith's presence contributed to Eli Manning's five interceptions. According to ESPN.com, Smith entered in the second quarter and basically played the rest of the game.