The 49ers got a major scare on Friday night, when linebacker Aldon Smith exited the preseason opener with a hip injury. While he may not make another appearance during the preseason, coach Jim Harbaugh thinks Smith will be ready to go when the games count.
“He’ll be out for some time,” Harbaugh said Monday, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “Maybe a week or so. But I think he’ll be back in a week, but we’ll see.”
Smith tweeted after the Friday night contest against the Vikings that he’s OK. But with only 13 days to go until the third preseason game and with starters rarely playing in the fourth one, chances are we won’t be seeing any more of Smith before September 9.
The Niners need Smith, who contributed 14 sacks as a rookie in 2011 despite being a backup.