The NFL decided to lay a heavy hand in week 11 to the Oakland Raiders as outside linebacker Aldon Smith is suspended for one year due to his recent incident on August 28th of this year where he had a hit and run as well as vandalism chargers according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The suspension was looming for quite a while and it was a status that kept a lot of teams away from him. If not for the suspension and the charges looming around Smith, he might not have been a Raider today. Another team could have swooped in and signed him. The Raiders took a chance signing him and he accumulated 3.5 sacks on the year to go along with 28 tackles in nine games played in this season. In five seasons in the NFL, Smith has 47.5 sacks. It's hard to walk away from that kind of talent, but that might be a decision the Raiders will have to make in the future.
Now, Smith has to wait a year but he will most likely appeal the decision. Smith is on thin ice right now. His playing career is least of his problems with the charges facing him and could face some serious jail time. Smith has a history of run ins with the law which pretty much doomed his days with the San Francisco 49ers.
The ruling by the NFL could not have come at a worse time for the Raiders as the team is currently 4-5 after nine games and needs all hands on deck. The Raiders are not only in the middle of fighting for an AFC Wild Card spot, but also the AFC West division is up for grabs as Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is struggling with nine touchdowns and 17 interceptions on the season.