SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Aldon Smith after his latest arrest.
The team announced the move Friday, hours after Smith was let out of jail.
“It’s a sad day,” 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said. “This is a day that doesn’t have anything to do about football.”
Smith was arrested Thursday night, the fifth legal run-in since the team drafted him, and two days after general manager Trent Baalke said the organization would like to keep him beyond this season.
Santa Clara police arrested Smith, and accused him of drunken driving, hit and run and vandalism.
FULLBACK BOREN AGREES; NEIGHBORS WAIVED: In Nashville, Tenn., Tennessee agreed to terms with fullback Zach Boren and have waived injured fullback Connor Neighbors from LSU.
Boren signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2014 and was waived after training camp that year. He spent part of the 2013 season on the practice squad of the Houston Texans, who had signed him as an undrafted free agent.
Boren played at Ohio State. He was a running back/fullback for his first three seasons in college before moving to linebacker for his senior year.
FOLES GETS CONTRACT EXTENSION: In St. Charles, Mo., the St. Louis Rams quickly decided Nick Foles was their quarterback of the future, signing him to a two-year contract extension.
Coach Jeff Fisher broke the news during post-practice remarks Friday at Lindenwood University, grinning at the end of a lengthy answer summing up a scrimmage Friday night that drew about 4,000 fans.
“Oh yeah, it’s a good deal,” Fisher said. “It’s a good deal. It’s a good deal for us, good deal for him. He wants to be here, and we want him here right now. He’s done a lot of good things for us in a short period of time.”
The deal begins next season and calls for $24 million in salary over two years with about $14 million guaranteed, according to reports. He had been scheduled to make $1.5 million this season.
DEPLETED LB CORPS STILL WITHOUT MATTHEWS: In Green Bay, Wis., Packers star linebacker Clay Matthews still is not practicing and will skip the team’s annual Family Night session at Lambeau Field.
He will have to enjoy Family Night’s buzz generated by about 70,000 people Saturday on the sideline. Green Bay’s defensive standout is dealing with some knee soreness, which has kept him out of practice all week.
“Hopefully it’s not too much longer,” Matthews said after practice Friday.
Noting the team’s medical staff is just being smart by keeping him off the field since Monday, Matthews is hopeful he can return to action next week, possibly in time for the Packers’ first preseason game. That comes Thursday with a road matchup against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Matthews insists the setback early in training camp isn’t serious and certainly not cause for concern among Packers fans.
JACKSON OUT WITH HAMSTRING INJURY: In Pittsford, N.Y., Buffalo running back Fred Jackson could miss two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury at practice on Friday.
Jackson suffered the injury midway through the practice session and didn’t return. The 34-year-old is Buffalo’s No. 2 running back behind starter LeSean McCoy.
Bills coach Rex Ryan said Jackson’s injury is “not a terrible one,” but he will probably miss two weeks.
Jackson has been one of Buffalo’s top contributors on offense over the past eight seasons. The injury further depletes Buffalo’s depth at running back; backup Anthony Dixon is expected to miss up to a month with a calf injury.
With numbers low at running back, the Bills signed undrafted free agent Bronson Hill on Thursday.
ALLEN OUT FOR SEASON, MILLINER SIDELINED 6-8 WEEKS: In Florham Park, N.J., the New York Jets’ secondary took a few big hits Friday.
The team announced safety Antonio Allen is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, and cornerback Dee Milliner will be sidelined up to two months with a wrist injury that requires surgery.
Both players were hurt during training camp practice Thursday.
Allen was placed on the waived/injured list, but could be added to the Jets’ injured reserve list if he clears waivers. He was expected to back up projected starters Marcus Gilchrist and Calvin Pryor.
Allen was hurt Thursday on a non-contact play in team drills when he simply came out of his stance and then fell to the ground.
Milliner was scheduled to have surgery Friday on the injured tendon in his right wrist, the latest in a series of setbacks for the team’s first-round pick out of Alabama in 2013.
SOUTH DAKOTA TRIBE RETURNING $25,000 DONATION FROM TEAM: In Sioux Falls, S.D., a Native American tribe in South Dakota will return a $25,000 donation from a charitable arm of the NFL’s Washington Redskins.
A check for that amount from the Washington Redskins’ Original Americans Foundation was made out to the rodeo association of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.
Tribal Council Vice Chairman Ryman LeBeau told The Associated Press that the council voted Wednesday to return the current donation and any future money from the organization.
Team owner Dan Snyder created the organization in March 2014 following calls for the team to change its name, which activists have long considered offensive. The team has maintained that the name honors Native Americans.
The motion also requires Tribal Chairman Harold Frazier to cease all “unsanctioned communication” with the team.