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NFL News: 49ers cut Aldon Smith; Jets lose Dee Milliner

One of the most shocking moves of the offseason came today when the 49ers parted ways with Aldon Smith. But, it's less shocking when you hear why and was an inevitable move Now the question is, will any other team take a chance on the troubled linebacker?

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The San Francisco 49ers are releasing Aldon Smith
After news broke that Aldon Smith was arrested earlier Friday morning, the 49ers wasted no time in cutting Smith, one of the NFL's most talented-but-troubled players. He was arrested Thursday night on hit and run, driving under the influence and vandalism charges.

Smith was booked into the Santa Clara County jail and held on $26,000 bond before his release Friday. Authorities said they would provide more information later Friday morning, but apparently, 49ers management had all of the details they needed to make the decision to part with one of the league's best pass-rushers. Rumor has it that he wouldn't accept accountability for his actions, which caused the 49ers to cut him.

In Smith's first two NFL seasons, he accounted for 33.5 sacks, but has just 10.5 over the past two seasons while missing 14 games due to injury or suspension for other arrests he's had since being the No. 7 pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Back in 2012, Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI, a charge that was later reduced to reckless driving. Later that year, he faced three felony weapons charges after a June 2012 party at his home resulted in several shots being fired and two people injured. Smith pleaded not guilty, and the weapons charges were later reduced. Smith was arrested and charged with DUI again after a car accident in September 2013 and missed five games that season.

Smith could be facing a potential season-long suspension from the NFL, so don't expect anyone to sign him anytime soon.

Another surgery knocks out Jets' Dee Milliner for up to two months
Jets cornerback Dee Milliner will miss the next 6-8 weeks of football after tearing a tendon in his right wrist in Thursday's training camp practice. It's another huge injury blow for Milliner, who has rarely been healthy since the Jets selected him with the No. 9 pick in the 2013 draft. At this point, Milliner could be a candidate for the short-term I.R. with the designation to return after missing the first eight games. Ideally, the Jets would like to see if Milliner can return sooner and not waste that designation on him.

LeGarrette Blount injured in Patriots practice
It was a scary sight for Patriots fans when running back LeGarrette Blount went down in practice with an apparent right knee injury. Blount was able to walk off the field with a trainer so it doesn't appear too serious. He'll get checked out further and likely will have an MRI on the knee to check for damage. Blount rushed for 1,053 yards and 10 touchdowns in 21 regular-season games with the Patriots games as their primary back. He's added 361 yards and seven TDs over the last two postseasons. Losing him would be a major blow to the offense.

Rex Ryan said may not name a starting QB until Week 1 opener
With an ongoing four-way battle for the starting QB spot in Buffalo, Bills head coach Rex Ryan said he may not name a starting quarterback until September 13, the Bills' Week 1 opener against the Colts.
Matt Cassel, E.J. Manuel, Tyrod Taylor, and even Chris Simms have shown flashes during camp to this point, but the veteran Cassell is viewed as the slight favorite at this point.

Fred Jackson to miss a couple of weeks with hamstring injury
The Bills will be counting heavily on their run game this year with LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson carrying much of the load. Jackson will now miss some of training camp after sustaining a hamstring injury this week.