Aldon Smith expected to play more this week

San Francisco 49ers All-Pro outside linebacker Aldon Smith's playing time is expected to increase Sunday against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Smith got just a dozen snaps in his first game back after going to a treatment facility for alcohol issues.

Smith is slated for a bigger role Sunday.

"He’s ready this week to play a lot, and he will play a lot," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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