The never-ending Aldon Smith wait continues — even for Raiders brass

(D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

(D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)

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ALAMEDA — Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is just like everybody else — waiting for any news on a potential reinstatement of outside linebacker Aldon Smith.

McKenzie spent a half hour with Raiders beat writers on Thursday morning and said he’s still heard nothing from the NFL on Smith, who is now two weeks removed from the one-year anniversary of his banishment from the league. He reportedly applied for reinstatement on Oct. 3 and the league is supposed to make its best attempt to reply within 60 days, which would be Friday.

“Those guys, they’ll let us know in due time,” McKenzie said of the NFL. “I’m sure they’re in communication with each other with that. They don’t fill us in on anything in that process.”

McKenzie wouldn’t rule out Smith playing an impactful role for the Raiders this season. Videos posted recently by Smith show him to be in good physical shape, although getting into football shape could be a different story.

“If he’s cleared,” McKenzie said, “we’re going to go through the proper channels and see where he’s at physically and mentally and all that. So to totally discount this year, no, we wouldn’t do that.”

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Video: This fan has the ultimate Raider Nation party bus


If you are a regular at Raiders games, you might have walked past the Raider Nation Bus. You may have even posed in front of a picture of it. Many police officers and servicemen have gotten a free hot dog and a beverage from this bus

It’s hard to miss. It’s a great example of the loyalty and diehard nature of Raider Nation.

The owner is Andy Coronado. The bus is a bond between he and his son, Andy Jr. It’s become such a thing that the Raider Nation Bus does appearances.

In this video produced by columnist Marcus Thompson, the Stockton native discussed the origins of the bus and what it means to him.