49ers Aldon Smith has been suspended without pay for the first nine games.
Roger Goodell and the NFL are on a rampage here and while some fans might be upset, it is the intelligent and sensible fan who understands that this type of action is needed. Smith has been stopped for drunk driving multiple times, he's had both illegal narcotics and firearms found both in his car and on his person and has had the police summoned to his home on more than one occasion due to problems caused by gang member with whom he associates regularly. He had a mandated stint in rehab last year and was allowed to return to the field and he obviously didn't learn a single thing. Keep taking away their likelihood and maybe, just maybe, they'll wise-up and stop being such morons.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Devin Hester (toe) has been cleared to return from injury in Week 13.
Hester has been on short-term IR all year with the toe injury and has finally been cleared to return. Considering the offensive struggles for the Falcons, he may be used as more than just a return man. There's been little help opposite Julio Jones so perhaps Hester will get a crack at some extra snaps. He certainly couldn't do worse than what the team has there right now. Of course, Matt Ryan still has to wake up as well. Analysis: Howard Bender