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San Francisco 49ers star outside linebacker Aldon Smith's nine-game suspension for violations of the NFL's policies on substance abuse and personal conduct is not expected to be reduced, according to a report.
"Let me be very clear! @AldonSmith complied with EVERY guideline and all rules," Doug Hendrickson, Smith's agent, wrote Tuesday night on Twitter. "(He) was exceptional in the community. More to come."
If the NFL were to reduce Smith's suspension it likely would have occurred on Tuesday. Smith is not expected to be eligible to play against the Saints this Sunday. ESPN's Ed Werder cited a source who said Smith would not be reinstated early.
Under terms of the original NFL suspension the NFL announced in August, Smith will be allowed to return to 49ers practice on Monday. He will be eligible to play Sunday, Nov. 16, when the 49ers face the New York Giants.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said on Monday the NFL had yet to notify the 49ers about whether the 2012 first-team All-Pro outside linebacker would be reinstated early.
On Oct. 20, ProFootballTalk.com was the first to report the NFL could reduce Smith's suspension due to good behavior.
The NFL told CSNBayArea.com that same night that there was no update on Smith's status.
St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a member of the league's competition committee, said last week that he believes the NFL has an obligation to the opposition to announce as soon as possible if a suspended player would be reinstated early.
“I think the league has a responsibility to inform us early enough in the week so we have a chance to game plan if that’s the case," said Fisher, whose team faced the 49ers on Sunday.
"I would expect not to hear he would not be available for the game on Friday.”
Under terms of the settlement that was announced Aug. 29, Smith was allowed to work out at the 49ers' practice facility and attend meetings, but he could not practice.