Harbaugh expects Aldon Smith to play Sunday

Harbaugh expects Aldon Smith to play Sunday

Harbaugh expects Aldon Smith to play Sunday
September 20, 2013, 2:45 pm
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He needs to go to work, face his teammates and soldier through it.
Jim Harbaugh

SANTA CLARA -- All-Pro 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith was back at practice on Friday, and coach Jim Harbaugh expects him to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

“I expect Aldon, like today, to be back to work and playing on Sunday,” Harbaugh said Friday afternoon, at the conclusion of the 49ers' practice.

Smith was booked into Santa Clara County jail on Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. He posted $5,250 in bond for his release and was on the practice field within hours of his 7 a.m. arrest.

[NEWS: Aldon Smith arrested on suspicion of DUI]

“Disappointed, and felt like he needs to go to work, face his teammates and soldier through it,” Harbaugh said.

On how Smith seemed at practice, Harbaugh said, "He seemed like he had his wits about him."

Harbaugh addressed the 49ers before practice, veteran cornerback Carlos Rogers said.

"He said, 'We all know what happened, just come out here and have a good practice; don't continue to talk about Aldon's situation,'" Rogers said. "I don't think it'll be a distraction. I think the team is strong. We're still salty about last week's loss. ... We got Indy, and that's our main focus."

Smith went through limited work in each of the team's three practices this week due to a back condition. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game, according to the team's official injury report.

Harbaugh said any discipline that Smith might face will come from the NFL, and not the 49ers.

“That’s that pretty exclusive to the league,” Harbaugh said. “They have exclusive rights to the consequences. There will be consequences . There always is. Good or bad, we all have consequences.”

Last season, 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs did not make the trip for a game against the St. Louis Rams when he was arrested on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession.

The 49ers, who traveled to St. Louis that day, released a statement: “We have been in contact with both Demarcus and the league office. He will not be making the trip to St. Louis.”

Harbaugh said Dobbs was not at the team’s practice facility in Santa Clara when the team departed for the game.

 

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