The Oakland Raiders defensive line took a hit on Tuesday as it appears they will be without Aldon Smith for the remainder of the year.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the NFL has decided to suspend Smith for one calender year.
The pass rusher was seen saying his goodbyes to teammates in the locker room today, leading to speculation that the suspension would soon be known.
The Raiders signed Smith in early September after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers following his third arrest for DUI, in addition to hit-and-run and vandalism charges in August. The Raiders signed him to a one-year, incentive-laden contract that was reported to be worth up to $8 million.
The NFL's decision comes before the justice system has made a decision, after Smith's Nov. 4 pre-trial conference was delayed for his fifth arrest in five NFL seasons.
Smith has played well playing opposite of second-year linebacker Khalil Mack, providing pressure on the quarterback despite totaling just 3.5 sacks and 28 tackles.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie will now need to decide if he has played well enough to deserve a longer extension to be a part of the Silver & Black's long-term plans.
He echoed that sentiment in a statement released after the suspension.
"Aldon has been a positive addition to the Raiders," Smith said. "He remains prominently in our long term plans and we will continue to support this member of our family as he gets the help that he needs."
Smith released a statement, thanking the organization and Raider Nation.
"First, I want to thank the Raiders, my teammates, the fans, our coaches and our owner for supporting me throughout all of this," Smith said.
"I am taking this time to work on myself and become the man I need to be, my team and organization needs me to be, and I know I can be.
I had lost my love for the game and it led me to some poor choices, but I am thankful to the Raider organization for believing in me this season and will continue to better myself and grow from my experiences. I look forward to rejoining the team next year."