Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith suspended for one year
Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for one year without pay under the NFL substance-abuse policy.
Smith, 25, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of hit and run, drunk driving and vandalism.
"Under the terms of the policy, Smith will be eligible to apply for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before the one-year anniversary of the suspension," the NFL said in a statement.
The Raiders signed Smith in September following charges being announced in his fifth arrest since 2012.
Smith was arrested on April 13, 2014, at Los Angeles International Airport. Police said Smith was randomly selected for a secondary screening and became uncooperative with the process, telling a TSA agent that he had a bomb. No charges were filed.
During the 2014 season, he received a nine-game suspension for what the league called violations of its policies on substance abuse and personal conduct. Smith spent a month in treatment during the 2013 season.
Smith has 47.5 sacks in 59 regular-season NFL games.
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