(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — The San Francisco 49ers placed linebacker Aldon Smith on the reserve/NFL list Monday, following his arrest last Friday morning on suspicion of DUI and marijuana.
“I am taking a leave of absence to address my health,” said Smith in a statement. “I am sorry that I have affected my team, my family and the organization. I will do everything in my power to handle this situation the best way possible. I appreciate the support of the 49ers and our fans.”
The 23-year-old Smith had five tackles in Sunday’s 27-7 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
“Aldon Smith is taking a leave of absence to address a personal matter,” said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke in a statement. “The 49ers organization both respects and supports Aldon’s decision and commends him for taking responsibility for his actions. The long-term well-being of our players is paramount and we will stand by Aldon as he works toward addressing this issue. Due to the private nature of the matter, we will have no further comment.”
San Francisco selected Smith out of Missouri with the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. In 35 games with the 49ers, he has 37 sacks and one interception.
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