Originally posted by VancouverNiner:
prime time said on NFLN that we played him because we wanted the win...
i really think it was because of this CBA thing... harbs would have wanted to play him and I guarentee jed would have made an executive decision and over ruled harbs and shipped aldon off yesterday... jed made the decision yesterday, swooped in and did that interview after the game.... lockers dont mysterious get emptied in the middle of a game. aldon probably knew hes off to rehab before the game as well.
I don't think this is tied to the CBA thing from what I've read.
I believe it would have been an issue if Harbaugh or York were looking to suspend Smith. But this wasn't reported as a "suspension." It should be on the NFI list, and I don't believe it would be regulated by the new CBA.
If I had to guess, it was probably a community decision beteween Smith, Harbaugh, and York. They could sit or NFI a star player and let him leave for treatment mid week when they are looking for a bounce back win after a tough loss the preceding week. Or they could let him play, give the team a chance to scan the wire for depth, work on game plan adjustments as necessary, and give the player a chance to help them out in the tough week before he has to leave for a prolonged period of time.
It's all speculation, but if this is the case, I don't see any issue with it. A player let his team down. This may have been an opportunity to help the team a little before he had to leave. It ultimately didn't work out, and now leaves the team and front office open to scrutiny, but nobody outside the organization can know for sure all that went into their decisions.
That being said, I will never understand NFL players. Just ignoring the drug and alcohol problems, there is absolutely no reason for any athlete to drive. Hell I've often said, any of these guys could hire some yahoo for $75,000/year to do nothing but be at their beckoned call and drive them anywhere they want to go.