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Aldon Smith admitted to rehab

Updated: September 24, 2013, 12:13 PM ET
By Ed Werder | ESPN

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been admitted on an in-patient basis to a facility to be treated for alcohol abuse, a league source told ESPN.

The facility is independent of the 49ers, a requirement important to the NFLPA because it wants to ensure that Smith is treated as a person and not as a player.

Fox Sports earlier reported on Smith's treatment being independent of the 49ers.

The union doesn't want Smith's return date to the 49ers to be a ...

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