The Oakland Raiders have just nine sacks on the season despite featuring one of the league's best pass rushers in Khalil Mack and adding linebacker Bruce Irvin in the offseason.
Sitting at 5-2 for the year, the Jack Del Rio and the Raiders could soon get some re-enforcements soon. Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that veteran defensive end Aldon Smith has applied for instatement from his suspension to the NFL.
Smith was suspended for one calendar year stemming from an arrest while he was still with the San Francisco 49er's. The suspension is set to end of Nov. 17, but it will be up to commissioner Roger Goodell if he is let back in. Smith
Reports came out on the first day of training camp in July that the 27-year-old linebakcer entered a treatment center after a video was posted online possibly showing him violating the NFL's drug policies. Tafur is also reporting that he has since gotten out of treatment.
Should Goodell grant him permission to re-enter the NFL, Smith would certainly be an added boost to the Raiders defense that is currently ranked 28th in the league in sacks with just nine. Smith had 3.5 sacks last year in the nine games played before being suspended.