General manager Trent Baalke confirmed today that the meeting between Aldon Smith and Commissioner Roger Goodell, which was originally scheduled for Friday, already has taken place. During the radio broadcast, play-by-play announcer Ted Robinson said the meeting occurred today, presumably at Goodell’s New York headquarters.
Smith was in uniform for Thursday’s preseason opener but did not start at his usual right outside linebacker spot. Neither did several other presumed starters, including linebacker Patrick Willis. The 49ers arrived in Baltimore, a three hour’s drive from New York, on Tuesday.
Smith and Goodell met to discuss Smith’s multiple legal run-ins. He pleaded “no contest” earlier this year to both DUI and gun charges in San Jose and was sentenced to 12 days in a work program. Goodell is expected to discipline Smith, perhaps with a multiple-game suspension, to start the season. Smith missed five games last year following his DUI when he checked himself into an alcohol rehabilitation program.
No time line has been given as far as when Goodell will announce any discipline.
Dan Skuta started Thursday’s game at right outside linebacker. Skuta and Corey Lemonier likely would fill in for Smith should he be suspended.