Niners' Aldon Smith activated to 53-man roster
ALL-PRO 49ERS linebacker Aldon Smith was activated to the 53-man roster from the non-football injury list yesterday, 2 days after he turned himself in to Santa Clara County authorities as he faces weapons charges.
One of San Francisco's dynamic pass rushers appears ready to return.
Smith had been undergoing rehab at an in-patient facility for substance abuse since late September and missed five games. With San Francisco (6-2) on its bye this week, Smith could resume practicing and working out on his own, then formally practice next week ahead of a Nov. 10 home game against the Carolina Panthers.
Smith was charged Oct. 9 with three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon, stemming from a party at his home in June 2012.
While Smith is likely to face a suspension from the NFL, the league typically waits until all legal issues are resolved before handing down its own discipline.
In September, Smith and former teammate Delanie Walker were named in a lawsuit filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court by a Northern California man who said he was shot at a party at Smith's house on June 29, 2012.
The players charged a $10 admission and $5 per drink, the lawsuit said. Smith and now-Titans tight end Walker, 29, were allegedly intoxicated on Smith's balcony when they fired gunshots in the air while trying to end the party, the lawsuit said.
* Mike Shanahan said ex-NFL defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is "lazy" and has a "lack of passion" and "lack of character."
The Washington Redskins coach responded to comments made by Haynesworth this week.
Haynesworth told Tennessee Sports Radio that Shanahan is "conniving," self-centered and will run quarterback Robert Griffin III "into the ground."
Shanahan and Haynesworth clashed frequently during the coach's first year in Washington in 2010. Haynesworth was eventually traded to New England and went down as one of the biggest free-agent busts in NFL history.
Shanahan said, "When you don't get along with somebody as a head coach or an assistant coach, it usually falls into one of those areas - lazy, lack of passion, and a lot of times lack of character. And he fits all three." * Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll confirmed that receiver Percy Harvin will not play Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Harvin began practicing last week for the first time after undergoing hip surgery on Aug. 1 to repair a torn labrum. The Seahawks now have 2 weeks to activate Harvin off the physically unable to perform list.
* Brandon Meriweather issued an apology by proxy, with the head of the NFL players union releasing a statement saying that the Redskins safety is "sorry" over comments made about targeting opponents' knees.
"I spoke to Brandon," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in the statement. "He is passionate about the game, and I know he is sorry for what he said. He is concentrating on helping his team win the rest of the season. Brandon knows that all players have a responsibility to each other and to play within the rules of the game."
Meriweather has been sanctioned twice by the league this season for illegal hits targeting the helmet and neck of defenseless receivers. He returned Monday from a one-game suspension and said from now on he'll have "to take people's knees out" and cause career-ending injuries.
* Outside linebacker Jarret Johnson, who missed two games with an injured hamstring, is expected to play Sunday when the Chargers (4-3) put their two-game winning streak on the line against the Redskins (2-5).
* New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes and tight end Jeff Cumberland sat out practice for the second straight day, and could miss the team's game Sunday against New Orleans.
Holmes has been sidelined four games with a hamstring injury. Cumberland suffered a concussion in the Jets' 49-9 loss to Cincinnati last Sunday.
* Buffalo Bills quarterback Thad Lewis missed his second straight practice and remains questionable for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Bills coach Doug Marrone reiterated Lewis has a "50-50" chance of playing after bruising his ribs in Sunday's loss to New Orleans.
If Lewis is unable to play, the Bills (3-5) will start either undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel or newly signed free-agent Matt Flynn.
* Jameel McClain will remain Baltimore's starting weakside linebacker against Cleveland.
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees says McClain will get the nod Sunday over Josh Bynes, who started the first six games when McClain was sidelined by a spinal-cord injury.
McClain returned in Week 7 and had six tackles in the 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bynes was sidelined because of an infected finger.
* Jurors deliberating the fate of the man charged in the 2007 slaying of former Redskins star Sean Taylor watched the suspect's videotaped confession again and asked a question but didn't reach a verdict.
The jury told court personnel they wanted to quit by about 4 p.m. yesterday because some wanted to take their children trick-or-treating for Halloween, and Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy sent them home.
The panel will return today to resume debating the case of Eric Rivera Jr., the 23-year-old Fort Myers man accused of fatally shooting Taylor during a burglary attempt at the Pro Bowl safety's Miami-area home in November of 2007.