Second-year San Francisco 49ers pass-rusher Aldon Smith may be working on his positional versatility on the field this offseason, but he should probably also take a good, hard look at his ability to avoid "wrong place, wrong time" when it comes to his recreational activities.
The 2011 first-round pick out of Missouri suffered more than one stab wound on Saturday morning while breaking up a fight at a house party at his San Jose residence. The injuries are believed to be minor in nature; Smith was reportedly stabbed in the shoulder and abdomen.
The 49ers have confirmed this, and released the following statement:
The San Francisco 49ers are aware that Aldon Smith incurred minor injuries during an incident last night. We are in contact with Aldon, and thankful that his injuries were not more serious and that he is recovering comfortably. The 49ers are also in communication with local authorities as they gather information regarding the incident, and will reserve further comment at this time.
Authorities told NFL.com on Monday that there are currently no suspects. Santa Clara County Sherriff Sgt. Jose Cardoza told the media that deputies responded to a 911 call at Smith's house, found two people shot at the party, and one person stabbed. Cardoza had not confirmed that Smith was the person stabbed, or if someone else was, as well.
"There was a lot of confusion. People heard gunshots, people heard commotion, but nobody saw where it came from. Nobody saw anyone stab anyone," Cardoza said. "We don't know if it was one person responsible or more than one person responsible for the three victim injuries."
Smith was treated at the Regional Medical Center in San Jose and released by 5 a.m. Saturday.
This is not the first off-field issue Smith has had this year. In January, he was arrested for driving under the influence in Miami and released on $1,000 bond. Smith has since told CSN Bay Area's Mindi Bach that he was not officially charged.
It is unclear whether the house party stabbing is reflective of anything Smith did wrong, but the fact that so much was breaking badly at his own residence tells us that Smith may have been better served at the Rookie Symposium he missed in 2011 due to the lockout. San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, who is about as old-school as old-school gets, can't be happy about these issues.
In his rookie season, Smith was used as a pass-rusher in a reserve role. Without technically starting any games at the right defensive end position in San Francisco's hybrid fronts, he amassed 14 regular-season sacks, and two more in the postseason, subbing in for Parys Haralson on passing downs. This season, the 49ers would like to increase Smith's snap count so that he can be more of a key player against the run, as well.
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