Quotable: Explaining Aldon Smith's charges, NFL still stumping for playoff expansion

Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Will Aldon Smith get some leniency on his latest charges? And could an expanded playoff really be coming next season? Quotables answer those questions, and fills you in on the hottest Herschel Walker news.

"The timing for this arrest couldn't be worse ..."

- Luke Zimmerman, Land Grant Holy Land

Former Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby was arrested Sunday in Columbus for operating a vehicle while under the influence, according to a report. He was arrested after police found him passed out behind the wheel of a car. Roby has been considered by many to be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, which is now less than two weeks away. The latest mock draft from SB Nation had Roby going to the 49ers with the 30th pick. Roby was suspended for the first game of the 2013 season after an arrest for an altercation in an Indiana bar.

"... investigation of the situation revealed it really was not overly serious in the spectrum of hard core criminal vs. dumbass."

- David Fucillo of Niners Nation on Aldon Smith

David Fucillo is explaining why Smith was able to have his case concerning his bomb threat made at LAX airport referred to the Los Angeles City Attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration. In layman's terms, the district attorney's office isn't convinced that Smith should be charged with a felony. Fucillo explains further:

In this case, Aldon did something stupid, but it was not to the level that it deserved to be charged as a felony. The city attorney will review the case and decide whether to press charges. This only means they are considering it, not that anything has yet been charged. If they charge him he could still conceivably do local jail time, but odds are they would plea something out, and he would get a fine.

Smith was taken into custody at LAX nearly two weeks ago for a false report of a bomb threat after reportedly becoming belligerent with airport staff and police. Police insinuated that Smith had been drinking.

That Smith's charge could be downgraded to a misdemeanor is good news for the outside linebacker, but it doesn't do much to help how he is perceived by his team, the NFL and the public. Smith still has a court date set for April 29 in Santa Clara for weapons charges and a DUI. Depending on the outcome of that date, the 49ers could decide whether to grant Smith his fifth-year option. The deadline for teams to decide on fifth-year options is May 3.

"Goodell: possible owners vote on expanded playoffs for 2014 @ May 20 mtg. But he said if no vote is taken then, won't happen this season."

- New York Newsday's Bob Glauber

Glauber was tweeting details from a recent conversation with commissioner Roger Goodell, who has maintained that an expanded playoff is possible for the 2014 season even though others believe approval is unlikely. Though it seems inevitable that the playoff field will ultimately expand from 12 to 14 teams, owners and players likely aren't yet ready to approve expansion for the upcoming season.

A vote on expansion could come at the next league meeting on May 20. If playoff expansion isn't approved at that meeting, then the playoffs for the 2014 season (to be held early 2015) will remain at 12 teams.

The proposed expansion would add two teams to the field -- one from each of the NFC and AFC -- creating an extra wild card game on each side of the bracket. Under the proposed model, only one team from each conference would earn a first-round bye.

"Just spoke to Jeremy Maclin. He said he's full go, fully recovered."

- Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly

Maclin told Mosher that he would be a full participant if training camp started today, and in the process, lifted the hearts of Philadelphia Eagles fans everywhere. Maclin has been poised for a breakout season since he first entered the NFL in 2009. Last season seemed as a good time as any for the wideout to finally break 1,000 yards receiving, but a torn ACL put him on the mend.

The Eagles seem to have faith that Maclin can produce, however. They re-signed him for one-year, $6 million contract during free agency, and were willing to depart with DeSean Jackson, who was coming off a career year in Chip Kelly's offense. Expectations are high once again for Maclin. He appears confident that he will fulfill his promise.

"But running backs nowadays don't play every down. Now they send in the choir section."

- Herschel Walker, age 52

I'm not quite sure what "now they send in the choir section" means, but I'm certain it isn't an endorsement of the modern running back. Walker, as you may be aware, was one of football's all-time great running backs. He told USA Today that he could play in the NFL today if given the opportunity. Given the way his burgeoning MMA career has gone -- 2-0 through two bouts -- who's going to argue?

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