49ers Smith suspended nine games

Smith has the second-most sacks in the NFL (42) since his debut in 2011. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended by the NFL on Friday for the first nine games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy and program for substances of abuse and the league’s personal conduct policy.

With the 49ers having a bye in Week 8, he will be eligible to return to face the New York Giants in Week 11.

“Our organization has known this decision would come and we have prepared for it as a team,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement released by the team. “Aldon has taken responsibility for his actions and has continued to show growth personally and professionally. We will continue to support him, but it is time to put this matter behind us and focus on the season ahead.”

Smith pleaded no contest to three felony counts of illegal possession of assault weapons, in addition to two misdemeanor DUI cases in May, and he was sentenced to 12 days in jail for the incidents.