Court date set for 49ers' Aldon Smith

Court date set for 49ers' Aldon Smith
January 15, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Teams that want to block Aldon Smith one-on-one are whistling Dixie.
Jim Harbaugh

49ers defensive end Aldon Smith has a March 13 court date set, Deputy District Attorney Brian Buckelew confirmed to CSNBayArea.com.

Smith was not present on Wednesday for a combination hearing at the Santa Clara County Superior Court that joined his June 2012 weapons charges with his DUI case from September. The lineman was not made available for comment by the 49ers Tuesday or Wednesday.

[REWIND: Smith pleads not guilty to weapons charges]

"We all tend to forget that the reason we got smart is because we learned from our mistakes," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said on Wednesday. "That's how you get smart, by learning from your mistakes. He's been really good."

Smith, 24, missed five games this year for voluntarily entering treatment for substance abuse. In 11 games he recorded 8.5 sacks. Over the first three years of his NFL career, he's averaged more sacks per game (0.98) than any player since the inception of the sack statistic in 1982.

"On the field, he's been outstanding," Harbaugh said. "Teams that want to block Aldon Smith one-on-one are whistling Dixie. That's the way he's playing right now. Therefore, he's getting quite a bit of double-teams, chips, help from the back and tight end.

"He's really playing well."

Smith turned in his best statistical game of the season when the 49ers fell to the Seahawks in Week 2, recording two sacks and seven tackles.

 

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