Jim Harbaugh talks Aldon Smith rehab, timeline

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Harbaugh addressed Aldon Smith's status on Wednesday during a radio interview. We break down his comments. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh made an appearance on 95.7 The Game (AUDIO), and he took some time to discuss Aldon Smith's current situation. The hosts brought up the news that Aldon had turned himself in for the gun charges. They used that to infer he had finished his rehab, and asked Coach Harbaugh if he had met with Aldon.

"I met with him face-to-face today. Aldon was in the building. It was great to see the reaction of others who saw him and Aldon's reaction of being back here seeing some of the guys. He looks great, and we're having a good day. I mean that was the object of today, let's have a great day. And I think that's the way Aldon's approaching things, each day too, the goal to have a great day."

They followed that up by asking him about Aldon's potential return, and what this all meant.

"I think the prudent thing to do is look at it day-to-day and have a goal of having a great day. He's been taking that approach, really over the last five weeks. And it's served him well and it's made quite a bit of progress. So, I don't see any reason to change that, and now flip a switch and start saying ‘This needs to take place next week, and this the next week and let's predict how it's going to be three, or four, or five, or six weeks from now.' Why would we do that when the other process is going so well?"

There has been a lot of discussion about when Aldon Smith will return to action. His return to face the charges does infer he is finished with rehab, but that is not the only possibility. It is also possible he simply is coming back to handle that business and meet with the 49ers, and then all parties involved will re-assess where he stands in the recovery process.

For now, we are simply left to wait, and hope for the best for Aldon Smith.

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