Report: NFL Reinstates Cowboys DE Aldon Smith

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By 105.3 The Fan

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith was conditionally reinstated by the NFL on Wednesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The NFL's ruling allows Smith to begin taking part in Cowboys’ virtual off-season program.

Cowboys’ pass rusher Aldon Smith was conditionally reinstated by the NFL today, per source. He now is cleared to take part in Cowboys’ virtual off-season program.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 20, 2020

Smith, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract with Dallas in April, is a bit of a reclamtion project, but with a heap of talent. He comes to the Cowboys with a second chance at an NFL career after spending the last four years sidelined due to various disciplinary issues. 

Smith last played in 2015 for Oakland, where he had 3.5 sacks in nine games, as well as 28 total tackles and eight quarterback hits. 

After being drafted seventh overall in the 2011 draft out of Missouri by the San Francisco 49ers, Smith was an All-Pro in 2012, finishing with 66 total tackles, 19.5 sacks, 18 tackles for loss and 29 quarterback hits. 

From 2011-2013, he had 42.5 sacks and 74 total quarterback hits.