49ers’ Smith Checks Into Rehab

Aldon smithSan Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been admitted on an in-patient basis to a facility to be treated for alcohol abuse, a league source told ESPN.

The facility is independent of the 49ers, a requirement important to the NFLPA because it wants to ensure Smith is treated as a person and not as a player.

The union doesn’t want Smith’s return date to the 49ers to be a factor in determining when he will be finished with treatment.

“It’s not like he’s going to be magically cured in a month,” a source close to Smith told ESPN. “If his problem is serious enough, a month might not be enough.”

Source: Ed Werder, ESPN