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June 30, 2012
Aldon Smith recovering from injuries suffered in "incident"


San Francisco linebacker Aldon Smith is recovering from what the team says are minor injuries suffered at a large house party Saturday morning that ended with three people being taken to the hospital. Said general manager Trent Baalke in a statement:

"We are in contact with Aldon, and thankful that his injuries were not more serious and that he is recovering comfortably. The 49ers are also in communication with local authorities as they gather information regarding the incident, and will reserve further comment at this time."

Meanwhile, the Santa Clara County sheriff's office reported that deputies arrived at a large house party shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday after receiving reports of gunshots.

When they arrived, they found two people with gunshot wounds and another suffering from stab wounds. All three were taken to hospitals where they were being treated for non-life threatening injuries. A source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, said the stabbing victim was Smith; a sheriff's spokesman said he could not comment on the identity of the victims.

Sgt. Jose Cardoza said the party was so large -- more than 100 people -- that San Jose police and the California Highway Patrol were called for backup. He said there were no suspects at this time. "It was a chaotic scene," Cardoza said. "There was a lot of commotion, and no one knows where the gunshots came from."

In January, Smith was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Miami Beach. Police there said Smith's blood-alcohol level showed .194 and .176 after he was arrested at 4:33 a.m. According to the police report, other drivers had to brake abruptly to avoid hitting Smith's car, which was swerving in and out of traffic.

Smith, the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft, played less than 50 percent of the 49ers' snaps last season, but he set a rookie team record with 14 sacks in the regular season. That was the most for an NFL rookie since Jevon Kearse set the mark for incoming players in 1999.

Smith was a third-down specialist last year but is expected to start at right outside linebacker opposite Ahmad Brooks this year. In May he told The Bee that his goal was to become "the ultimate pass rusher, the ultimate outside linebacker."

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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