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Harbaugh Receives Texts from Aldon Smith

Posted Oct 7, 2013

Jim Harbaugh said Monday that he was encouraged with the progress of his Pro Bowl outside linebacker, who has been absent from the team for about two weeks.


Aldon Smith is progressing.

So said Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers Pro Bowl outside linebacker, who has been absent from the team for about two weeks.

Smith was arrested early on the morning of Sept. 18, but he later returned to the team’s training facility to practice that afternoon and recorded five tackles, including a sack, in the team's Sept. 22 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

READ: SMITH TAKES INDEFINITE LEAVE

Harbaugh said on Monday that Smith had sent him a few text messages.

"Heard things are going well, very positive," the coach said.

Smith also Tweeted from his personal account in advance of the 49ers 34-3 Week 5 win over the Houston Texans.

San Francisco has shored up its outside linebacking corps without Smith's services. Rookie Corey Lemonier and relative veteran Dan Skuta have filled in for their teammate.

"Guys get their opportunity and step up and play well," Harbaugh said. "That bodes really well for the ballclub."