49ers DE Aldon Smith out indefinitely to seek treatment

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EditorsNote: Updates that Smith has headed for a treatment center 49ers DE Aldon Smith out indefinitely to seek treatment

Troubled San Francisco 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith flew to a treatment center Monday, according to NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk.

Smith is out indefinitely, starting with Thursday’s game at St. Louis.

It is not clear where he headed, but he will spend the next several weeks getting treatment.

Team CEO Jed York announced after Sunday’s 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts that Smith would enter rehab. Smith was arrested Friday on suspicion of DUI but he hadn’t been disciplined by the team or the league. He started against the Colts and made a statement afterward.

“First off, I wanted to apologize to the team, the organization, my family, everybody I let down,” he said. “I also wanted to let it be known that this is a problem, and it’s something that I will get fixed.”

Smith still could be suspended by the league at some point. York said there is no timetable for his return.

San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol told ESPN that marijuana was not found in Smith’s car but unidentified prescription drugs were after Smith crashed his car into a tree. He was arrested after the accident at 7 a.m. Friday. He was not injured.

“We’re very fortunate that nobody got hurt, Aldon included and anybody else,” York said. “We want to make sure that Aldon’s never in a position like this again.”

York said he discussed the situation with Smith, and he agreed to seek help.

“In talking with Aldon and knowing what he wants to do, there’s not a one-day fix,” he said. “This is a long-term fix. We support Aldon. If Aldon’s willing to fight for himself and make this right, I will stand here and I will support him.”

York was criticized by some for allowing Smith to play in Sunday’s game.

“Sitting someone down and paying them to sit down when they’re going to seek treatment in the future — that didn’t seem like an appropriate punishment,” York said.