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The San Francisco 49ers won't gather for training camp until late July, but as the team got together for OTAs, it received a dose of bad news.
It appears the 49ers could be without the services of outside linebacker Aldon Smith for a while.
As Cam Inman of The Bay Area News Group tweeted Wednesday, Smith pleaded no contest to three felony weapons charges and a DUI stemming from a 2012 arrest.
Smith will be sentenced on July 25 and could be looking at jail time, according to Nancy Gay of CSN Bay Area:
DA says Aldon Smith 'faces a range of sentences at the judge’s discretion between no time in custody to 4 years and 4 months in jail.
— Nancy Gay (@nancygay) May 21, 2014
Even if Smith avoids jail time, there's still the matter of the NFL, and Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk doesn't expect commissioner Roger Goodell to be lenient given Smith's past:
No way to predict how long Goodell will suspend Aldon Smith, but I'd expect it to be significant for both a DUI and felony weapons charges.
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) May 21, 2014
Granted, the news wasn't exactly unexpected, but it also isn't the sort of headlines the 49ers want to be making as they stare up at Seattle in the NFC West.