Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith is reportedly on track for NFL reinstatement. He is on pace to work in the NFL again come March, according to the NFL Network, if he remained compliant with the league’s substance abuse policy.
Smith is clearly excited about that prospect, and voiced his feelings in an Instagram Live post. Those sessions are not saved or part of public record, but the Bay Area New Group saved part of his social media session.
“I’m back,” Smith said in the recorded video, “And there’s nobody who can stop me. You already know it. Raider Nation, we got this s---.”
(You can watch the captured video here, which contains adule language.)
The NFL banished Smith on Nov. 17, 2015 as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy. He applied for reinstatement in October 2016, but his case was deferred until March 2017.
Smith is prohibited from contact with Raiders personnel save their director of player engagement until he is again allowed to work in the league.
He is reportedly going to be reinstated in March, assuming he doesn’t violate the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
He voluntarily entered a rehab facility this summer, after videos surfaced on social media associating him with the consumption of a hand rolled cigarette.
Smith’s suspension stems from an Aug. 2015 incident that prompted his release by the 49ers – they drafted Smith No. 7 overall in 2011 – and misdemeanor charges of DUI, hit and run and vandalism. Those charges have not been adjudicated.