San Francisco 49ers

October 27, 2013

Willingness to get treatment could help cause of 49ers' Smith

Aldon Smith's decision to enter a treatment facility – and the minimum five games he'll miss – will be considered when it comes to league discipline for the 49ers outside linebacker, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday.

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Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
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