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The 49ers were told in August that outside linebacker Aldon Smith would serve a nine-game suspension. And that is what the team continues to expect.
Smith was suspended for violations of the NFL’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct. He did not appeal the nine-game suspension as part of a settlement that allowed him to continue to work out daily at the 49ers’ practice facility and attend meetings.
It might have also included the possibility his suspension could be reduced for good behavior.
“That was reported, and every time I see something that’s reported and it says ‘source’ or what . . . we’ve heard nothing,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Monday on the "Damon Bruce Show" on 95.7 The Game.
“We know it’s nine games. That’s what the league told us at the outset and that’s what we’re planning on. Anything that would happen earlier than that would be a blessing – for us and him.
"But we’re on the same schedule we have been on all through this fall. (We’re) looking forward to his return Week 9, and we’ll go from there.”
Smith has remained out of the headlines during his suspension. He is also making a positive contribution off the field, Baalke said.
“He’s done a lot of community service,” Baalke said. “And the reports back from all the people that have worked with him during the community service couldn’t be any better.
“He’s done an excellent job working at the children’s hospital, working with youth groups in several different communities in the Bay Area, and has done an outstanding job. Very pleased with where he’s at. But continuing to grow and that’s what we’re hoping for, and I know that’s what he’s hoping for.”
Coach Jim Harbaugh was asked Monday if he has heard anything from the NFL about the possibility Smith's suspension could be reduced.
"I don’t know anything about any ‘early’ speculation," Harbaugh said. "Don’t know what more I can say to add to that. Really nothing.”