Smith served a nine-game suspension for violating the league's policy on personal conduct and substances of abuse. The 25-year-old was allowed to be around the team during his suspension -- as part of the negotiated terms -- but couldn't participate in on-field activities. Smith was reinstated from his suspension Tuesday and practiced with teammates this week.
Smith was informed during a meeting with NFL officials that his suspension would be reduced by one game with good behavior. Of course, he ended up serving the full nine-game ban. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources familiar informed of Smith's thinking, that the player was told he didn't fulfill counseling requirements.
Smith was told to see a league counselor, did so, then told the league he was being helped more by his own counselor.
Smith is one of the most gifted pass rushers in football. The outside linebacker piled up 42 sacks in his first 43 career games. He'll likely be on a snap count against the Giants, but it shouldn't be long before he's worked back into defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's scheme on a full-time basis.