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BALTIMORE – Aldon Smith has already met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss potential discipline for the star outside linebacker, 49ers GM Trent Baalke confirmed.
The meeting is believed to have taken place on Wednesday or Thursday while the 49ers were on the East Coast for their exhibition opener against the Baltimore Ravens. The 49ers arrived in Baltimore on Tuesday night.
Goodell now has the information he needs to make a ruling on whether Smith will be suspended for the opening of the regular season. A source told CSNBayArea.com that the 49ers are bracing for a 6-to-8 game suspension to open the regular season. A decision could be announced in the next week or two, a source said.
Smith was with his teammates on Thursday for the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Ravens but did not play. Smith went through warmups and watched the game from the 49ers’ sideline.
Coach Jim Harbaugh declined comment, saying he had not been briefed on Smith's meeting with Goodell.
Smith faces discipline under the NFL’s policy on substance after pleading “no contest” to DUI charges. He was sentenced to serve 11 days on a work crew. Also, he faces possible discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy for possession of illegal assault rifles under California law. A judge reduced the felony charges to misdemeanors.
Smith did not attend 49ers practice on July 30, as he took part in an office hearing in Los Angeles, in lieu of facing criminal charges for an alleged false report of a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport.
Smith was previously arrested on suspicion of DUI in Miami Beach in January 2012. That charge was later reduced to reckless driving after completing an alcohol education and prevention program.
After his DUI arrest in September in San Jose, Smith entered into treatment for substance abuse. Goodell said the five games Smith missed last season during his voluntary leave of absence would be considered when it was time for the NFL to mete out its discipline.