From today’s edition of FOX FOOTBALL DAILY (@FFD) on FOX Sports 1, the hottest topic in the NFL, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith was addressed by host Curt Menefee, co-host Jay Glazer and analysts Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher and Howie Long. On yesterday’s edition of the FOX NFL SUNDAY pregame show, Glazer was the first to report that Smith could be sent to rehab following yesterday’s game against the Colts. Glazer added during today’s show that there is no definitive timetable on his return and that it is up to the 49ers whether to pay him while he is on the non-football injury list.
When asked by Menefee if Smith should have played, Glazer, Hall-of-Famer Long and future hall-of-famers Moss and Urlacher gave their opinions:
MOSS: “I’m not sure this was or wasn’t a business decision. Being there last year, I was very disappointed about how certain things were handled. Demarcus Dobbs got into some trouble and the team gave him a one-game suspension. Then, a similar situation happened with Aldon Smith and the team did not suspend him. I love Aldon as a person and a player but what’s right is right and what’s fair is fair. I’m wondering him going into rehab is really going to help him. I hope it does and he doesn’t suffer a relapse. I really want what is best for him and now I hope the leaders of this team, Patrick Willis and Justin Smith can keep this team together, but when you treat a kid like a kid, you get kid results and when you treat a man like a man, you get man results. After being asked by Glazer if the 49ers should have been more sensitive to the matter, Moss added, “Yes. Especially after (former 49ers tight end) Delanie Walker (now with the Tennessee Titans) lost his aunt and uncle to a drunk driver right after the Super Bowl.”
LONG: “When did they realize he needed help? My big issue is when you make this determination that he needs help then let him come to the game and put him on the sidelines in street clothes until he goes to the treatment facility. That is the right thing to do. It’s none of my business what his problems are but I really hope that Aldon Smith is really interested to finding a solution to those problems.”
URLACHER: “7AM on a Friday morning when you have a game on Sunday? This doesn’t make any sense. I don’t know who he’s hanging out with but he’s a grown man and it’s his job to be at work, be on time and do things the right way.”
GLAZER: “This sends the message that you care more about football than anything else. Thank God this guy didn’t kill someone.”
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