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“God willing and the creek don’t rise” Justin Smith will play

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It continues to look like all systems go for 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday that there has been “significant improvement” since Smith was initially injured and informed the media that he expected to have Smith on the field come Saturday against the Packers. He did it in a more colorful way than some of his colleagues might choose for themselves.

“God willing and the creek don’t rise, he’s going to play,” Harbaugh said during his press conference.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday that Smith would be pulled if he wasn’t effective, something Harbaugh wasn’t asked about during the session, but there’s no reason to believe that they’d put him on the field if they didn’t think he could play well. Smith will wear a brace that Harbaugh said increased his confidence in Smith’s ability to play when the 49ers return to the field this week.

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22 Responses to ““God willing and the creek don’t rise” Justin Smith will play”
  1. trodriguez89 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:32 PM

    Really hope he plays, we need him and for the past couple weeks teams have been picking on ricky jean Francois like crazy.

  2. mvp43 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:33 PM

    “God willing and the creek don’t rise”

    What is all that gobble, gobble jive turkey gobble stuff ?

  3. lambeaufieldwest says: Jan 9, 2013 5:33 PM

    San Fran is posturing. Smith’s injury is worse than they are letting on.

  4. nyyjetsknicks says: Jan 9, 2013 5:39 PM

    Imaginary fairy tales are going to affect the 49ers? That seems weird.

  5. wrm1230 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:40 PM

    Music to the ears of every Packers fan. Expecting Smith to play just as lousy as Ray Lewis did this past weekend will be welcomed by the Green Bay offense. Let’s not kid ourselves here, Smith is going to be a non-factor and will only hurt the 49ers by playing.

  6. niner13 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:47 PM

    How can anyone hate on the poetic Harbaugh?

  7. schmitty2 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:06 PM

    If he plays does this mean we will hear Aldon’s name called at least once?

  8. whosgotitbetter says: Jan 9, 2013 6:34 PM

    @wrm1230 how is leading your team in tackles playing badly? Smith should play fine, if not Ricky Jean will step up

  9. randallflagg52 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:40 PM

    wrm1230 says:
    Jan 9, 2013 5:40 PM
    Music to the ears of every Packers fan. Expecting Smith to play just as lousy as Ray Lewis did this past weekend will be welcomed by the Green Bay offense. Let’s not kid ourselves here, Smith is going to be a non-factor and will only hurt the 49ers by playing.

    ====================================

    Ray Lewis led the Ravens in tackles and was – that close to getting a pick 6. Did you Lewis/Ravens haters even watch the game?

  10. 49ersandshivabowl says: Jan 9, 2013 6:58 PM

    A 75% healthy Cowboy is still better than any Packers’ lineman’s 120%…….

  11. riverace19 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:59 PM

    @mvp43:
    That’s Johnny Cash!!!
    Oh man I am a Packers fan but Justin Smith just went up 2 notches in my book, and we may have just become best friends… Now it’s time to go do some karate in the garage!

  12. richwizl says: Jan 9, 2013 7:03 PM

    Good news for Niner fans; the guy is a hulk. Gonna be a great game.

  13. richiesaurus310 says: Jan 9, 2013 7:08 PM

    Didnt ray lewis lead his team in tackles this past sunday with like 13? Smith will be fine.

  14. creasy says: Jan 9, 2013 7:42 PM

    How exactly does a torn triceps show “significant improvement”?

  15. ewabrahdah says: Jan 9, 2013 7:45 PM

    The match up is on the other side with a
    Ahmad Brooks and the guy who replace Bulaga …He needs to step up on his game and also Carlos Rodgers on Cobb. …..

  16. axespray says: Jan 9, 2013 8:19 PM

    49ersandshivabowl says:
    Jan 9, 2013 6:58 PM
    “A 75% healthy Cowboy is still better than any Packers’ lineman’s 120%…….”
    ——————————————-
    Funny a Packer’s team with 15 players on IR went onto win a Superbowl compared to relatively healthy cowboys teams that either choke in the playoffs or just continue missing the playoffs in general…. idk, I wouldn’t be talking if my team has accomplished less than the friggin’ Jaguars in the last decade.

  17. southpaw79 says: Jan 9, 2013 8:53 PM

    axespray……
    Nice rant, I wonder how you are going to feel when you figure out that Cowboy is Justin Smiths nick name.

  18. binkystevens says: Jan 9, 2013 11:10 PM

    Isn’t he from Missouri? Soft state. Not sure how “Cowboy” came to be.

  19. chi01town says: Jan 9, 2013 11:23 PM

    the 49ers can beat greenbay anywhere. and Im looking forward
    to this weekend when they put greenbay out of the playoffs so these packers fans can shut up

  20. bmarkwar says: Jan 10, 2013 11:01 AM

    Fun history fact – the “creek” in that saying doesn’t refer to a body of water but the Creek Native Americans (aka Muscogee people).

  21. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 10, 2013 4:15 PM

    chi01town says:
    Jan 9, 2013 11:23 PM
    the 49ers can beat greenbay anywhere. and Im looking forward
    to this weekend when they put greenbay out of the playoffs so these packers fans can shut up

    Oddly, being knocked out of the playoffs didn’t shut you up. Thanks for the prediction. Again, it means that GB should win.

  22. wrm1230 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:17 AM

    Love the “led his team in tackles” assessment as support for a player “playing well”. Nevermind that Lewis was picked on repeatedly in the passing game and targeted specifically in the running game, people evidently still look at tackles totals as a measuring stick.

    Tell you what, if a MLB doesn’t lead his team in tackles in most games, it’s an indictment of his lack of effort. However, that he does lead his team in tackles surely isn’t indicative of “playing well” as all you have to do is roll the tape and watch all but 1 of those 13 tackles by Lewis being after chunks of yardage were gained.

    Oh, and the “almost pick-6″ was a pass thrown directly at him that he flat dropped….not a good play by anyone’s standards.

    I understand the 49er homers that really believe Smith is going to make a difference in this game. After all, they need him to or this one is going to be a blowout loss on their end. But the fact remains, the human body doesn’t take very kindly to torn triceps injuries and Lewis’ putrid play this weekend is a precursor to what Smith is looking at this weekend.

    And if you don’t think Lewis was targeted last weekend, wait until this weekend. Manning is going to feast on that slow, old man.

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