49ers DE Aldon Smith’s decision to enter rehab will probably help his job situation when he’s ready to return to work.
“Certainly, the issue here isn’t to discipline players. It’s to stop the behavior,” Goodell said. “Aldon has voluntarily said, ‘I need help.’ We’re obviously there to support him, and the 49ers did a great job getting him into a facility to try to get help. We support that.”
Smith’s willingness to get a handle and seek treatment before having to be told to do so, could reduce his suspension or lower a potential fine. Smith was charged with three felony weapons’ counts stemming from a 2012 party shortly after his Sept. 20 arrest for DUI.