Raiders' Aldon Smith Suspended For One Year


Published on November 18 2015 6:17 am
Last Updated on November 18 2015 6:18 am

Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for one year without pay under the NFL's substance-abuse policy, the league said Tuesday.

In September, Smith, 25, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run, drunken driving and vandalism, charges that stem from an alleged Aug. 6 incident.

"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.

Chicago Bears: The Bears will hit the practice field on Wednesday in advance of what they consider to be their biggest game of the season against the Broncos. This is a reunion game for Bears head coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Adam Gase, who both left Denver after the 2014 season. Gase is sure to provide Chicago defensive coordinator Vic Fangio with a detailed scouting report on new starting Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler. Gase coached the unproven Osweiler for three years in Denver. The Bears defense could use linebacker Pernell McPhee back on the field this weekend. McPhee did not travel to St. Louis in Week 10 because of a lingering knee issue. Wednesday is also an opportunity to update the health conditions of running back Matt Forte (knee) and wide receiver Eddie Royal (knee). -- Jeff Dickerson

St. Louis Rams: Aside from the change at quarterback, the Rams also have to do some reshuffling along the offensive line this week. Injuries to guard Jamon Brown and tackles Rob Havenstein and Darrell Williams forced the Rams to add three new linemen to the active roster. None of the new additions figures to have to start this week, but the Rams still must spend some time figuring out the best combination of five for Sunday's game at Baltimore. -- Nick Wagoner


Thursday, November 19 Schedule (All Times Central)

Tennessee at Jacksonville, 7:25 p.m.

Sunday, November 22 Schedule (All Times Central)

Oakland at Detroit, noon

Indianapolis at Atlanta, noon

New York at Houston, noon

Tampa Bay at Philadelphia, noon

Denver at Chicago, noon

St. Louis at Baltimore, noon

Dallas at Miami, noon

Washington at Carolina, noon

Kansas City at San Diego, 3:05 p.m.

Green Bay at Minnesota, 3:25 p.m.

San Francisco at Seattle, 3:25 p.m.

Cincinnati at Arizona, 7:30 p.m.