- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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More thoughts on Aldon Smith as he has been activated from the non-football illness list:
No rush: Yes, technically, the San Francisco 49ers were forced to activate Smith from the non-football injury list because he left treatment but there was no rush here. It all revolved around substance-abuse treatment. He could have stayed in treatment for an unlimited amount of time. The fact that Smith was released from treatment was a signal from his physicians and treatment experts that he is ready to resume football activities.
Working his way back into the lineup: Smith will probably play in the 49ers’ next game, against Carolina at home Nov. 10. But don't be surprised if Smith sits and watches for a week. He needs to work his way back into football shape. Expect the 49ers to say Smith needs to win his way back into the lineup. Technically, that’s true. Dan Skuta and rookie Corey Lemonier have played well in Smith’s absence and the 49ers are 5-0 without him. But Smith is a special talent. If he has his life on the right track and he’s healthy, he will play. So, while it could take a bit of time for him to get back to full action, the fact that Smith is active means he will soon be on the field.