49ers activate Aldon Smith

After a five game absence, Aldon Smith is set to rejoin the 49ers.

Smith was activated from the non-football injury list on Thursday. He had been given a leave of absence from the team in order to enter a rehab facility for alcohol treatment. Smith was arrested in September for the second time for suspicion of drunken driving.

“I met with him face to face today,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Aldon was in the building. … It was great to see the reaction of others who saw him and Aldon’s reaction of being back here with some of the guys. He looks great, and we’re having a good day. I mean, that was the object of today — let’s have a great day. I think that’s the way Aldon’s approaching things each day too … the goal to have a great day.”

The return of Smith should be a boon to a 49ers’ defense that has been playing very well of late, but could use help in the pass rush department. Despite only playing three games, Smith still leads the team with 4.5 sacks. For his career, he has 38 sacks in 35 games.

The 49ers will have a one week roster exemption for Smith, which means they will not need to make move to put him on the 53 man roster until a day before they host the Carolina Panthers in Week 10.

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