Source: Raiders LB Aldon Smith applies for reinstatement to NFL

Source: Raiders LB Aldon Smith applies for reinstatement to NFL

It appears Aldon Smith wants to play football again.

The Raiders linebacker applied for NFL resinstatement, a league source confirmed to on Thursday afternoon. 

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news. 

"Aldon is doing well,” Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie told the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday night “That situation is going to be totally up to the league because he’s been in the program and they’ve monitored him. It’s up to (Roger) Goodell to say yah, nay or when. And he could say no to everything … that part is out of our hands.

“The league will take everything into consideration and Aldon will have to meet with Goodell at some point.”

On Nov. 17, 2015, Smith was hit with a one-year suspension for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse. His punishment came under the policy's Stage Three banishment, a level reserved for multiple offenders. Smith served a nine-game suspension in 2014. Smith has applied for reinstatement, and application must be granted by NFL commission Roger Goodell. A player must show that he has met requirements for reinstatement, which the NFL monitors while a player is out of the league. 

[REWIND: Questionable social media video appears to show Aldon Smith]

In late July, a video surfaced on social media that appeared to show Smith holding a hand-rolled cigarette. Smith denied invovlement with the video on Twitter. 

Less than a week later, Smith voluntarily checked himself into a treatment center. He completed that process and is now preparing for a return to professional football. 

“Aldon is working out and getting ready,” McKenzie said. “He is in a great place and that’s the main thing. Whether Goodell lets him out or not, that’s the important thing -- that he’s healthy and happy. But I would hope that we as a league reward a guy -- with stipulations -- who goes through the right steps and wants to get better and get his life in order."

Smith was released by the 49ers in early August following his latest run-in with the law, when he was arrested for suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run and vandalism. The Raiders signed him a while later. He played nine games for the Silver and Black before the NFL levied Smith's latest suspension. 

He signed a two-year contract with the Raiders during the offseason, which will kick in if he is reinstated. 

Raiders-Bengals injury report: New guys preparing for big roles on O-line


Raiders-Bengals injury report: New guys preparing for big roles on O-line

ALAMEDA – The Raiders offensive line remains in big trouble.

Starting guards Gabe Jackson and Kelechi Osemele remained out with injury, lessening their chances of playing Sunday’s game in Cincinnati.

Jackson has a new elbow injury and a lingering ankle problem. Osemele is dealing with a toe issue.

Jon Feliciano has filled in well for Osemele four times already this season. The fourth-year veteran is considered worthy of an NFL starting job, but even he’s unavailable after landing on injured reserve with a calf problem.

That should leave Denzelle Good and Chaz Green are getting work in practice, trying to prepare for important roles on game day.

Both guys were signed as emergency options, but it’s nearly time to pull the alarm.

“We like Chaz Green,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said. “I know the scouting department, they liked him when he came out of college. We like him as a guard and some other teams played him as a tackle. We think he looks comfortable at the guard and think that’s his natural position. With Good, certainly we had some coaches that had come from Indianapolis and had some insight on him as a player and we like what we saw. Certainly, since he has been here, we’ve been equally as impressed with them as we were with seeing them on tape.”

Raiders practice report

Did not practice
G Gabe Jackson (elbow/ankle)
LG Kelechi Osemele (toe)
LB Kyle Wilber (hamstring)

Limited practice
C Rodney Hudson (ankle, knee)
DL Maurice Hurst (ankle)
WR Dwayne Harris (foot)
CB Daryl Worley (shoulder)
TE Lee Smith (back)

Full practice
CB Gareon Conley (groin)
FB Keith Smith (calf)

Bengals practice report

Did not practice
LB Vontaze Burfict (concussion)
DE Michael Johnson (concussion)
CB KeiVarae Russell (finger)

Limited practice
OT Cordy Glenn (back)
CB Tony McRae (concussion)
CB KeiVarae (finger)
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ankle)

Full practice
QB Jeff Driskel (right shoulder)
WR Alex Erickson (shoulder)
OT Clint Boling (knee)
OT Bobby Hart (knee)

Amari Cooper says Mark Davis, not Jon Gruden, wanted to trade him


Amari Cooper says Mark Davis, not Jon Gruden, wanted to trade him

The day in October that Amari Cooper was traded by the Raiders to the Cowboys, we were led to believe that the decision was made by then-GM Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jon Gruden.

But now, it appears that owner Mark Davis was the driving force behind the Cooper trade.

According to The Athletic's Calvin Watkins, Cooper said on Thursday that Davis, not Gruden, wanted to trade him.

Cooper also revealed to Watkins that the Raiders kept rejecting offers of a 2020 first-round pick. The team was only interested in a 2019 first-round pick.

McKenzie said on Oct. 23 that Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones called and offered a 2019 first-round pick. That's when McKenzie walked out to the practice field, relayed the offer on the table to Gruden and the head coach approved the deal with a thumbs up.

Cooper's assertion that Davis pulled the strings on his trade falls in line with Gruden comments on Monday following the firing of McKenzie. Gruden revealed that Davis met with McKenzie after the Raiders' win over the Steelers to deliver the news of his fate.

When reporters asked if the decision to fire McKenzie was strictly made by Davis, Gruden said this: “We all work for the same man."