San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith is out indefinitely as he seeks treatment for issues related to his arrest Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession, the team announced Sunday.
Smith, who will not play Thursday against the St. Louis Rams, apologized for his actions after the 49ers' loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
"First off, I wanted to apologize to the team, the organization, my family and everybody I let down,” Smith said. “I also wanted to let it be known that this is a problem and it's something that I will get fixed, and that I'll do everything in my power to make sure that this never happens again.
"I also wanted to let everybody know that once again I'm sorry."
Jed York, the 49ers' chief executive, defended the team's decision to play Smith in Sunday's loss and said the organization is going to let Smith be in charge of pursuing his treatment options. Smith reportedly will enter a treatment facility this week.