NFL reinstates DE Aldon Smith after five-year absence

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The NFL has reinstated defensive end Aldon Smith from an indefinite suspension, allowing the former All-Pro an opportunity to return to American football after five years away from the game. 

Smith's ban was lifted on Wednesday after the former Oakland Raiders – now known as the Las Vegas Raiders – DE met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on a video teleconference. 

The 30-year-old's career has been plagued by substance-abuse and off-field problems and has not played since November of 2015, when he was then suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies as a member of the Raiders. 

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Smith signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys last month and will be able to join the team's virtual offseason program next week and meet with team-mates and coaches. 

The seventh overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Smith ranked second in the NFL with 19.5 sacks with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.

In 43 games played from 2011-13, he had 42 sacks – second most in the NFL in that span. 

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