NFL source: Raiders' Aldon Smith suspended over substance abuse

ALAMEDA, Calif. (KGO) -- A person with direct knowledge of the decision says Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended by the NFL for one calendar year for violations of the league's substance-abuse policy.

The penalty is effective immediately, the person said Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the decision hadn't been formally announced.

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Smith, 26, was released by the San Francisco 49ers in August after a list of run-ins with the law before landing across the bay with the Raiders.

ESPN first reported the suspension.

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