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Aldon Smith Expected to Play

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Jim Harbaugh said Aldon Smith is expected to play this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.


Jim Harbaugh said Aldon Smith is expected to play this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

The third-year 49ers linebacker was arrested early Friday morning, but later returned to the team’s training facility to practice in the afternoon.

“I expect Aldon to be back to work, playing on Sunday,” San Francisco’s head coach said.

Harbaugh said he felt “disappointed” by the incident involving Smith, but added that the best thing for the young linebacker was to get back to work and “soldier through it.”

The 49ers will not take immediate action with Smith. The club will rely on the NFL’s disciplinary process.

“They have exclusive rights to the consequences,” Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said Smith “seemed like he had his wits about him” while participating in Friday’s practice in a limited basis.
 
Smith was on the 49ers injury report with a back injury all week. He’s officially listed as probably to play against the Colts.

Starting cornerback Carlos Rogers said San Francisco’s locker room is focused on the upcoming game, but remained supportive of their teammate.

“I don’t think it’ll be a distraction,” Rogers said. “This team is strong. We’re still salty about last week’s loss.”

READ: 49ERS RELEASE STATEMENT ON ALDON SMITH