Niners move on without Smith
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers are prepared to go forward without star linebacker Aldon Smith for as long as it takes for him to get clean, healthy and improve his life.
Smith was placed on the reserve non-football injury list Monday as he enters rehab for substance abuse and begins what team CEO Jed York has termed an indefinite absence.
“I am taking a leave of absence to address my health,” Smith said through the 49ers. “I am sorry that I have affected my team, my family and the organization. I will do everything in my power to handle this situation the best way possible. I appreciate the support of the 49ers and our fans.”
The NFL said there is no minimum number of games Smith must miss on the reserve non-football injury list, and he can return when ready.
On whether he expects Smith to return this season, coach Jim Harbaugh said only, “there’s a process; we’re going to respect that process.”
Ravens’ Jones ‘fine’ after late-night incident
BALTIMORE — Just hours after he was involved in an early-morning altercation that reportedly left him “bleeding everywhere,” Ravens Pro Bowl kick returner Jacoby Jones reported to the team facility Monday to participate in a walk-through practice and continue rehabilitation of his right knee.
“As far as Jacoby, he’s fine,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He went through everything today that he was supposed to go through. He didn’t miss anything.”
Jones was involved in an incident that happened on a party bus after a celebration of Ravens’ left tackle Bryant McKinnie’s birthday at the Opera Ultra Lounge in Washington. Harbaugh said he was made aware of the situation Monday morning, less than 24 hours after the Ravens beat the Houston Texans, 30-9.
“I’m not very impressed personally with the report,” Harbaugh said. “It’s not something we want to be known for. I’d like to think it’s not something that those guys would want to be known for. It’s nothing to be proud of. I’m kind of disappointed in that sense.”
An eyewitness told TMZ, which first reported the incident, that he saw a bottle being swung at Jones and it “connected with his head and hurt him.”
• Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was accused by police of making offensive comments while drunk during a traffic stop early Monday and was given a disorderly conduct citation.
Jones, who has had a spate of legal troubles, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. after the vehicle he was in was pulled over for driving 60 mph in a 45 mph zone on a highway in Cincinnati.
• Green Bay released Jeremy Ross after he fumbled a kickoff early in Sunday’s 34-30 loss at Cincinnati.
• Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who missed the last two games after slicing open the back of his throwing hand, will start Sunday against Indianapolis.
• Defensive end Rob Ninkovich has signed a three-year contract extension with the New England Patriots.
The extension through 2016 is worth more than $15 million with $8.5 million guaranteed, his agent, Craig Domann, tweeted.
|Henry Melton, DT||Bears||Torn ACL||Out for season|
|Andre Johnson, WR||Texans||Shin||Day to day|
|Rashad Johnson, S||Cardinals||Finger||Status uncertain|
|Sam Acho, LB||Cardinals||Fibula||Out for season|
|Lorenzo Alexander, LB||Cardinals||Foot||Out for season|
|Alex Carrington, DT||Bills||Torn quadriceps||Out for season|
|C.J. Spiller, RB||Bills||Thigh||Questionable|
|Patrick Willis, LB||Niners||Groin||Questionable|
|Reggie Bush, RB||Lions||Knee||Status uncertain|
|Cameron Wake, DE||Dolphins||Sprained knee||Out 2-3 weeks|
|Chris Ivory, RB||Jets||Hamstring||Questionable|
|Vincent Jackson, WR||Buccaneers||Rib||Day to day|