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Aldon Smith arrested on suspicion of D.U.I.

  • Obviously this is a real world situation with important consequences, and we should all be glad no one was hurt. It may seem flippant to immediately jump into the football implications, but this is a Colts' blog and that's what we are here for. And since this news is particularly relevant to our team this week, it raises several pressing questions that I want to ask the awesome fans on here. How big is this? I know Smith was a beast last season despite only being in his second year. He earned almost 20 sacks in 2012 and was on pace for more in 2013, even though the Niners have played two games so far against back-to-back playoff teams with talented QBs. He is obviously somebody the Colts' coaches have been game planning for, and now he will likely not play. How does this affect our game plan? Our pass protection? Do the 49ers have enough depth to fill the pass rush void he will probably leave on Sunday? What about the emotional void? Smith is a force in the front seven, and someone like that is hard to replace. His loss carries extra weight on a team that suffered a shellacking from the Seahawks on SNF a week ago. Will we face a Niners D refreshed by being at home? Or one with low morale, deflated by a tough loss to a division rival? Does this give the Colts a legitimate shot at winning on Sunday, or should I keep my expectations lower? The Colts have their own lost starters to overcome. Will the offensive line be able to give Luck the time he needs? And what does this mean for Trent Rochardson? I am a lot more optimistic than I was, but I don't want to expect a win in such a tough game.

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