49ers expect NFL to make ruling on Aldon Smith soon

49ers expect NFL to make ruling on Aldon Smith soon
July 26, 2014, 5:45 pm
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During the five-game stretch in 2013 where Aldon Smith was absent, the 49ers went 5-0. (USATSI)

SANTA CLARA -– The 49ers expect NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to make a ruling on any punishment for outside linebacker Aldon Smith before the start of the regular season –- and possibly within the next 10 days.

Smith will meet with Goodell in New York with a decision expected shortly thereafter. The meeting has not yet been scheduled. 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said it’s up to Goodell when the meeting will occur.

“We know it’s going to happen sooner rather than later,” Baalke said on Saturday.

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“It’s not something that’s going to drag into the season. And it may not even drag as far as into the preseason games itself. It’s something that’s going to be addressed. We’ve been in contact with the league. The league has been in contact with us. But we don’t have a set date at this moment.”

Baalke said 49ers CEO Jed York has spoken with Goodell. But Baalke said he has been given no indication of what the punishment will entail. The 49ers open the exhibition season on Aug. 7 against the Baltimore Ravens. The season opener is Sept. 7 at the Dallas Cowboys.

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“Like we said from Day 1, we were going to let the National Football League, let the system work,” Baalke said. “We have the legal stuff behind us now. We know exactly what he’s facing, as does Aldon. And that’s Step 1. And now we’re waiting for Step 2, which is for the league to weigh in on exactly on what the penalty and punishments are going to be.”

Smith was sentenced last week to 12 days on a work crew after his “no contest” plea on DUI charges. A judge reduced felony weapons charges to misdemeanors and sentenced Smith to three years probation.

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