The NFL Players Association, which negotiated a nine-game suspension on Aldon Smith’s behalf, released the following statement from the 49ers’ outside linebacker Saturday morning:
"I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire 49ers organization and 49ers fans for not being able to contribute on the field for the next several weeks. Over the last year, I have learned a lot and I’m working hard to grow from my experiences. I want to thank my family and friends, my teammates, my union and the 49ers for supporting me during this process. I will be at work daily to participate in all permitted work activities, and to support my teammates, just as they have supported me.”
Smith, 24, can attend meetings and work out at the 49ers facility, but he can’t practice with teammates. He is eligible to return to full activities on Monday, Nov. 10, one day after the 49ers visit the Saints.
-- Matt Barrows