San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities this week and immediately posted $75,000 bail, according to multiple reports.
Smith, who is currently on indefinite leave from the team, has been charged with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon stemming from a party at his home in June 2012. His surrender was part of a plea deal for the 24-year-old Smith, who is due back in court Nov. 19. He also has a Nov. 12 court date on a DUI charge.
Smith is receiving treatment for substance abuse at an in-patient rehabilitation facility after a DUI arrest in September, and an ESPN report in mid-October said the 49ers are not counting on him to return this season.
The 49ers believe Smith has a significant amount of work to do to turn his life around before returning to the football field. The team hopes he will benefit from the help he is receiving so that he can salvage his life and career.
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said on his weekly radio show on 95.7 The Game that Smith met with team officials on Wednesday. Harbaugh also said he has traded text messages with Smith and that Smith is making good progress.
Smith still may face a suspension from the NFL and is one incident away from a one-year ban when he does return to the team. Discipline from the league could be pushed back to next season after his legal problems are settled. If convicted on the weapons charges, he could reportedly face up to four years and four months in jail.
"The issue here is not to discipline players," Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier in October, per NBC Bay Area. "The issue is to stop the behavior. And Aldon ... has voluntarily said, 'I need help.' We are obviously there to support him, and the 49ers did a great job getting him into a facility to try to get that help. We all support that. So, yes, it will be a factor, for sure."
A lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by a Northern California man last month names Smith and former 49ers tight end Delanie Walker - now with the Tennessee Titans - with the man alleging he was shot at a party at Smith's house on June 29, 2012. The lawsuit claims the players charged a $10 admission fee and $5 per drink, and that Smith and Walker gunshots in the air while trying to end the party.
Smith is on the reserve/non-football injury list.
He set a franchise record with 19.5 sacks last season and helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl.