Aldon Smith is still in limbo over whether the NFL will let him play and Raiders coach Jack Del Rio expressed disappointment Tuesday that he can’t help the linebacker.
““It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said at NFL owners meetings. “My feeling is that I can help him, but the experts know, the experts don’t allow that. I just have to follow the rules.”
The rules are complete distance between the Raiders and Smith, whose reinstatement application is still in commissioner Roger Goodell’s hands and who had two recent run-ins with the law.
“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man, be unable to provide support, structure,” Del Rio said. “Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s out of my hands.”
The Raiders are in a holding pattern about Smith, a former 49ers and Raiders linebacker with a history of consuming substances banned by the NFL.
“He’s just got to get himself together,” Raiders general manager McKenzie said. “So that’s totally on the league office. They know more than we know because we don’t get to see him.
“It’s hard to help him, from our end, so we keep our eyes on him. That’s the way it is, until they revise (the terms of the suspension) that’s what we’ve got to go through.”