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Justin Smith back at practice

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The 49ers had a welcome face back in uniform at practice on Thursday.

Defensive lineman Justin Smith, out since December 16th with a torn triceps that will require surgery, took part in individual drills with the 49ers during their afternoon practice. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that Smith was wearing a black brace on his elbow to protect the injury.

Smith is expected to make every attempt to play in the 49ers’ first playoff game, he said he’d be “ready to roll” last week, and Thursday’s appearance is a step in the right direction. With more than a week to go until they take the field, Smith has a lot of time to test his arm on the field and see how it responds to the work.

The 49ers defense was not the same without Smith on the field, so his presence and ability to play near his usual level will be a big factor in the 49ers’ chances of advancing in the postseason.

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21 Responses to “Justin Smith back at practice”
  1. fcoprado says: Jan 3, 2013 6:04 PM

    It dont matter….the niners defense has been exposed.

  2. rectumdamnnearkilledem says: Jan 3, 2013 6:08 PM

    If he is 100% , look out Aaron Rodgers, or whoever visits SF next week. His presence makes the rest of the defense and Aldon Smith better too.

  3. jsho55 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:12 PM

    49ers defence almost did a 180 when he went out…. The 2nd quarter against the Patriots and the game against the Seahawks had them looking terrible.

    Really need him back for the playoffs.

  4. fuglyflorio says: Jan 3, 2013 6:12 PM

    They absolutely need him.

  5. calicokiller49 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:12 PM

    Thank god. Baddest man in the NFL.

  6. dirtysouthniner says: Jan 3, 2013 6:13 PM

    By who? Wow no way if you take away someone’s best player there is a drop off!! They had one bad game in 2 years!! The only way u get a thumbs up is if you give it to yourself.

  7. ern215 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:22 PM

    justin smith holding the guard prevents him from sliding over to block aldons stunt, hence aldon is average without justin next to him.

  8. 49ersandshivabowl says: Jan 3, 2013 6:30 PM

    fcoprado says:
    Jan 3, 2013 6:04 PM
    It dont matter….the niners defense has been exposed.

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    Yeah. That’s it. Exposed that he’s the defensive MVP for that team and a cornerstone to their success. Yeah, guess you’re right.

  9. rev279 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:32 PM

    dirtysouthniner says:

    They had one bad game in 2 years!!

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    Really? What about the game against the Giants? Or the Vikings? Or the Rams (either game)? Or the Seahawks? And those are just this year.

  10. oldfart49 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:45 PM

    “justin smith holding the guard prevents him from sliding over to block aldons stunt, hence aldon is average without justin next to him.”

    Really? Other D lineman don’t know how to grab someone? Maybe they need dance lessons!

  11. eventhorizon04 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:47 PM

    The happiest person in the world to learn this is Aldon Smith.

    Aldon was right on the cusp of breaking the single-season sack record, then Justin Smith goes down to injury with 3 weeks to go in the regular season.

    Aldon then was shut out in terms of sacks to end the season, even though he had a game against one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines (the Cardinals).

    The 49’ers (and Aldon Smith in particular) are going to need Justin Smith to be effective rushing the passer without blitzing.

  12. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Jan 3, 2013 6:51 PM

    Overrated. Steelers don’t want or need this sloth.

  13. ern215 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:53 PM

    the proof is in the pudding……..

  14. redwoodking says: Jan 3, 2013 6:57 PM

    Its great to see him back out there. As much as defense is a team concept, he does so much to make the other guys stand out. Glad he is getting national recognition for his dominance, now lets hope he can cowboy up and lead us to the promise land!

    Ill be at the stick going crazy!

  15. ern215 says: Jan 3, 2013 7:24 PM

    They had one bad game in 2 years!!
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    i think you are confused, they had 4-1/2 bad games, lol

  16. discosucs2005 says: Jan 3, 2013 7:42 PM

    Really? What about the game against the Giants? Or the Vikings? Or the Rams (either game)? Or the Seahawks? And those are just this year.
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    A loss isn’t inherently a bad game. They played fine against the Rams, and the Giants, and the Seahawks the first time. Alex Smith lost the Giants game, and Akers lost both the rams games. The Vikings game was mostly on the D as was the second Seahawk game.

  17. sixjak says: Jan 3, 2013 8:00 PM

    Yeah Rev, the Rams just lit the 9ers defense up. 26-26 and 16-13. That’s what you call a beat down. Save for Seattle and NE, nobody has hung more than 26 points on this defense this year. In fact they held their opponents to 13 points or less 8 times. 21 points or less 12 times. 26 points or less 14 times. Sounds like they’re just missing a key player.

  18. rev279 says: Jan 3, 2013 8:32 PM

    You do realize that 24 teams allowed an average of 25 points per game so your 26 points or less isn’t that impressive.

  19. sacaypaga says: Jan 3, 2013 9:49 PM

    Guess what all u niners haters. U are right. Aldon is no good without Justin. You’re right. They fail against pats when Justin got injured. They flopped against Seattle. But you’re forgetting about one major thing. HE’S BACK. So, think about the excuse u are going to use when niners win the Super Bowl.

  20. 9ersruledude says: Jan 3, 2013 11:26 PM

    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:
    Jan 3, 2013 6:51 PM
    Overrated. Steelers don’t want or need this sloth.

    6 81

    Nobody cars about the steelers dude. They are sitting at home watching the playoffs like the rest of us.

  21. 49erscott says: Jan 4, 2013 12:22 AM

    Seahawks and Raiders fans are babies.

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