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The 49ers expect NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to make a ruling on any punishment for outside linebacker Aldon Smith before the start of the regular season and possibly within the next 10 days.
Throw the damn book at him! We're talking drugs, alcohol, drinking and driving, guns and gangs here. The only way he is ever going to learn a lesson is if you take his livelihood away from him. Suspend without pay! Sure, there are probably hundreds of guys in the NFL that violate both the substance abuse and the personal conduct policies, but not everyone is getting caught. if you throw the book at the ones you catch, it will act as a deterrent. Maybe they keep drinking, maybe they keep smoking, but at least they'll do it in their house which limits the dangers to others. Let's stop coddling these moron millionaires because they play a game for our entertainment.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Jed Lowrie left Monday's game with a thumb injury. He's going back to Houston Tuesday for an MRI.
In all likelihood Jonathan Villar or Marwin Gonzalez will fill in for Lowrie if he misses extended time, but there's an outside chance the first-place Astros call up uber-prospect Carlos Correa for his first major league taste. Correa is murdering the Texas League (Double-A) to the tune of .375/.429/.719 with four home runs and two stolen bases. He's worth a speculative add in competitive leagues until the situation becomes more clear. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow has hinted that he wouldn't be scared to "lift" Correa straight from Double-A at some point. Analysis: Spencer Silva