49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith issued an apology Saturday, one day after the NFL suspended him for nine games for violations of the substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.
"I apologize to my teammates, coaches, the entire 49ers organization and 49ers fans for not being able to contribute on the field for the next several weeks," Smith said in a statement released by the NFL Players Association.
"Over the last year, I have learned a lot and I'm working hard to grow from my experiences. I want to thank my family and friends, my teammates, my union and the 49ers for supporting me during this process. I will be at work daily to participate in all permitted work activities, and to support my teammates, just as they have supported me."
Smith is allowed to participate in team meetings and to work out at the team's year-round facility.
However, he can't rejoin his teammates on the field until Nov. 10, when his suspension ends.
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