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Aldon Smith to Play Immediately after Suspension

Posted Nov 4, 2014

In his KNBR interview on Tuesday morning, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordintor Vic Fangio discussed how quickly the team will deploy a certain high-profile reinforcement.

In his KNBR interview on Tuesday morning, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordintor Vic Fangio discussed how quickly the team will deploy a certain high-profile reinforcement.

Plan for Aldon

At the latest, Aldon Smith will be reinstated from suspension early next week. The linebacker is currently serving a nine-game ban, one that recent reports have suggested could be reduced.

But regardless of when Smith is eligible, the 49ers plan to insert the Pro Bowler into the rotaton immediately after he returns.

"He’ll step right back on the field and play," Fangio said.

As for the amount of snaps Smith will get, that's another story.

"How long and how many plays will be determined by what we see in practice and how he’s doing in the game, but I wouldn’t think he’d be able to play 90 percent of the plays early on," Fangio said. "Although he’s been here working out and training, it’s not the same as playing football. So we’ll keep an eye on that and do what’s best for him."

In 43 career games, Smith has sacked the quarterback 42 times. Through Week 9 this season, the 49ers have 13 total sacks, which is tied for 25th in the NFL.

"I know Aldon feels like he’s in good shape," Fangio said. "He’s ready to go and champing at the bit to start playing."

Bowman Continues Progressing

At the midway point in the season, linebacker NaVorro Bowman's return from a torn ACL appears to be nearing its final stages.

First the good news. "His rehab has been going excellent," Fangio said. "He hasn't had any setbacks."

Now the not-quite-as-good news. "I don't see him playing any time real soon," Fangio said. "But that definition can be vague. It could be two weeks, three weeks, four weeks, I don't know."

Once Bowman is cleared to rejoin the team, Fangio anticipates the All-Pro needing time to get back up to speed.

"I would imagine he’s going to have to practice at least a couple weeks before we see him on the field," Fangio said. "Just so he can see exactly where he’s at with change of direction and reacting to plays and feeling comfortable out there playing on his leg for the first time." 

Fangio Denies Trade Report

Before the 49ers took the field on Sunday, Fox Sports reported that the 49ers nearly dealt linebacker Ahmad Brooks to the Cleveland Browns before the league's trade deadline passed last week.

Fangio said that notion was "way out of line."

"It was never mentioned to me before the trade deadline ended," Fangio said. "And I would think that if there was any seriousness going on along those ways that Trent (Baalke) would've mentioned it to me, and he never did."

Through the 49ers first eight games of the season, Brooks has tallied 17 tackles and three sacks.

"Having said that, he can play better and he needs to play better for us to play a great team like New Orleans and the rest of our schedule as we go through the second half of the season," Fangio said.

Gold Nuggets

1. LB Patrick Willis has missed the 49ers last two games with a nagging toe injury. Fangio was optimistic about the veteran's return in Week 10 but said, "It's not etched in stone that he's going to be able to play this week."

2. Willis' replacement, Chris Borland, recorded 18 tackles against the Rams. Fangio's assessment: "He tackled extremely well inside the box. I think he felt more comfortable being out there."

3. The 49ers next opponent, the New Orleans Saints, began the year 1-3 but have won three of their last four to even their record at 4-4. Asked if Saints QB Drew Brees is slowing down at all, Fangio simply said, "No."

4. San Francisco's visit to the "Big Easy" marks a homecoming of sorts for S Eric Reid, who was born in nearby Baton Rouge and attended college at LSU. "Hopefully he doesn't overload on the gumbo the night before the game," Fangio said

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