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49ers LB Smith suspended 9 games
Aldon Smith
Aldon Smith can return in Week 11 against the New York Giants.
San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended nine games without pay on Friday for violating the NFL's Policy and Program for Substance of Abuse and the league's Personal Conduct Policy.

Smith can return in Week 11 against the New York Giants, as the 49ers have a Week 8 bye.

In July, Smith was sentenced to 11 days in jail and three years' probation on weapons and DUI charges, leading to this most recent suspension.  Full Story

Two wrongs don't make a right for Goodell
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The fact that we look to Roger Goodell and the NFL to take the lead on any number of social issues should say more about us as a society than the commissioner or the league he lords over.

Still it was stunning to see just how tone deaf Goodell was to the issue of domestic violence in Canton earlier this month when he finally addressed his laughably light two-game suspension of Ray Rice, who knocked his then-finance out cold in an Atlantic City casino.  Full Story

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