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Justin Smith will need triceps surgery after season

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Justin Smith knows he’s going to need surgery eventually.

But the 49ers defensive tackle is hoping he’s able to play through the pain and weakness associated with his partially torn triceps tendon and get through the playoffs.

Smith told reporters Friday he’d be “ready to roll” even if the playoffs start next week for the 49ers. They could clinch a first-round bye with a win over the Cardinals and a loss or tie by the Packers, or a tie and a Packers loss.

They could use the time, as Smith needs to heal and build strength.

“Yeah, I’d be ready to play,” Smith said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “Just go with it. That’s all you can do.”

Even 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh acknowledged Smith’s injury could worsen.

“Yes, I think there’s a higher risk,” Harbaugh said. “It’s something that he’ll have to have surgically repaired at the end of the season either way.”

Smith himself downplayed that risk.

“They can fix just about anything nowadays, so they told me,” Smith said. “Yeah, you’ve got to have surgery regardless.”

Smith’s listed as doubtful for tomorrow’s game against the Cardinals, and frankly, it would be foolish to play him. The 49ers need as much time for him to heal as possible, since pass-rusher Aldon Smith has been quiet since his bodyguard’s injury on Dec. 16 against the Patriots.

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11 Responses to “Justin Smith will need triceps surgery after season”
  1. twodat says: Dec 29, 2012 4:08 PM

    Like Prisco theory that Aldon doesn’t do as well without Justin holding for him

  2. fuglyflorio says: Dec 29, 2012 4:08 PM

    Niners’ D is not the same without him.

  3. joe400e says: Dec 29, 2012 5:07 PM

    Players like J Smith, and Bryant Young before him, play at such a high level for so long that teams seem to forget to draft replacements for them. Then they get stuck trying to replace the most important player in their defense in one off season which rarely happens.

  4. wheresmyjuice says: Dec 29, 2012 5:11 PM

    Easily the biggest injury news of the season. With SF regarded widely as one of if not the most playoff ready team in the NFC, the unknown factor of his effectiveness could leave the NFC wide open to any of the 5 other qualifiers.

  5. farvefromover says: Dec 29, 2012 6:12 PM

    I remember Smith getting pulled over for a DWI with the Bengals driving a red ferarri and say he had no job… how did he predict the future?

  6. rawgator06 says: Dec 29, 2012 6:47 PM

    farvefromover says:
    Dec 29, 2012 6:12 PM
    I remember Smith getting pulled over for a DWI with the Bengals driving a red ferarri and say he had no job… how did he predict the future?

    What an asinine, off-topic, incorrect comment. He was charged with a DUI in 2004. He is one of the top defensive players in the NFL. I am pretty sure his job is not in jeopardy, idiot. If it is, I wouldnt mind him on the steelers for a couple years

  7. calicokiller49 says: Dec 29, 2012 7:06 PM

    damn, this is a killer, probably the biggest hit we could’ve took…..dude is without a doubt the baddest man in the nfl, i dont care what anyone says.

  8. grogansheroes says: Dec 29, 2012 8:37 PM

    Well at least the Pats could take a cheater, that the NFL refused to acknowledge out of the lineup. Much like Darrell Mevis, he holds on every play. How many sacks has A Smith had since he’s been out? That would be ZERO!

  9. contraisloosebuthole says: Dec 29, 2012 10:05 PM

    49ers are done without him.

  10. nuttanudda24 says: Dec 30, 2012 1:33 AM

    justin smith < albert haynesworth

  11. txnative61 says: Dec 30, 2012 2:43 AM

    Chances look a little better for a Seahawk division title, but Harbaugh’s grandmother could probably stop the Cards’ offense. 9ers don’t want to see the Pack lose too and hand home field to Seattle no matter what! They’ve been there, and it wasn’t nice!

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