49ers prepare for possible Aldon Smith suspension

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Linebacker Aldon Smith still has no indication from the NFL about a possible suspension for his off-field legal issues.

Smith says he would hope to hear something soon, and a decision by the end of the week seems likely regarding the San Francisco 49ers' pass rusher, ahead of the regular season's Week 1.

49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio also has no idea how long the team might be without Smith, and coach Jim Harbaugh has said the same.

A multi-game suspension is conceivable, and Fangio is preparing the rest of the linebacking unit as if Smith might be gone for a prolonged period. These players have done it before: Smith missed five games last season to undergo treatment at an in-patient facility following his DUI arrest Sept. 20.


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