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NFL's Sean Smith Released from Jail In Street Fighting Case

8/14/2018 6:11 AM PDT

NFL's Sean Smith Released from Jail in Street Fighting Case

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Ex-Oakland Raiders star cornerback Sean Smith is a free man -- he was released from jail Tuesday morning ... roughly 5 months into his 12-month sentence. 

Smith has been locked up since March 13 -- when he pled guilty to felony assault in the brutal attack of his sister's boyfriend during a July 4, 2017 incident in Pasadena, CA. 

The victim suffered major injuries including 5 facial fractures -- and required major reconstructive surgery including having a metal plate inserted into his face. 

Smith was initially scheduled to be released on Sept. 5 due to good behavior and overcrowding -- but he caught an even bigger break ... getting out almost a month before that. 

So, what's next for Smith? He's only 31 years old and was in the middle of a $40-million contract at the time of his arrest. 

In theory, a team could snatch him up -- if they're willing to take a chance on a guy convicted of a very violent crime. 

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