San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was activated on Thursday ... which I guess is cool. I agree that, from a football and media perspective, this was the absolute best time to activate him. Hopefully, he'll get less media attention and be able to focus on his return -- whenever that may be. I'm not going to weigh in on whether or not he was in rehab for long enough to make a difference because I'm not him.
At any rate, we're in a bye week -- our second straight bye week in a row depending on what your opinion happens to be when it comes to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Links may be in short supply, but we're going to just jump right into them. Enjoy.
Time is right for Smith to return (ESPN)
Harbaugh: Aldon Smith is showing 'progress' (Maiocco)
The return of Aldon Smith, the full faith of 49ers management, and now a few very significant months (Kawakami)
49ers activate Aldon Smith at the perfect time - no game, no media distractions (BA Sports Guy)
49ers waive WR, make room for another player's return (Inman)
What does Tank Carradine bring? (ESPN)
Jim Harbaugh thinks his press conference demeanor gets a "bum rap" (BA Sports Guy)
Vernon Davis: Worth buying high? (ESPN)
Harbaugh Says It's Time to Get James 'In The Mix' (NBC Bay Area)