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Report: Aldon Smith officially reinstated by NFL

The Cowboys are getting pass rusher Aldon Smith back from suspension in a week. We break down the latest news.

Aldon Smith of the Oakland Raiders looks on during a timeout against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter of their NFL football game at O.co Coliseum on November 15, 2015 in Oakland, California. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The NFL has reinstated Aldon Smith from his indefinite substance abuse suspension, according to multiple reports. He is eligible to join the Dallas Cowboys offseason workout program on March 26th, according to beat writer Clarence Hill.

Smith has not played a football game since 2015, when he played nine games for the then Oakland Raiders. He had 3.5 sacks that season. He entered the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers as a 2011 first round draft pick. He had 33.5 sacks over his first two seasons and then missed five games in 2013 while in rehab and nine games in 2014 due to a suspension.

The Cowboys signed Smith to a one-year deal at the beginning of April. Last season, outside linebacker Robert Quinn led the Cowboys with 11.5 sacks. Edge rusher DeMarcus Lawrence was next with five, and then defensive linemen Michael Bennett and Maliek Collins, and cornerback Jourdan Lewis all had four. Lawrence and Lewis are the only ones from that group returning in 2020.