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Justin Smith out this week, expected to be fine for camp


Defensive end Justin Smith played fewer snaps in the 2013 season, but remained a key cog in the 49ers defense as they advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

Even with a lower snap count, Smith still needed some time off this offseason. Coach Jim Harbaugh wouldn’t say exactly what is bothering Smith, but said that the veteran hasn’t been cleared for practice yet and won’t take part in this week’s mandatory minicamp. Harbaugh wasn’t concerned that the injury would linger into the summer.

“He hasn’t been cleared to practice just yet,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of “He will be [cleared] for training camp.”

Maiocco adds that Harbaugh “intimated” Smith had an offseason procedure on the unnamed body part. Smith was on the team’s injury report for much of last season with a shoulder problem, which makes that a likely area for the medical staff to address before the season.

With Tank Carradine expected back after redshirting with a knee injury, the 49ers may find ways to further limit Smith’s playing time to keep him healthy and effective in 2013.

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6 Responses to “Justin Smith out this week, expected to be fine for camp”
  1. braceyourselffor12 says: Jun 18, 2014 6:13 PM

    Cowboy has been THE heart and soul of that defense. No matter what he decides to do after this season he will always be honored by the Niner Faithful.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 18, 2014 6:43 PM

    Justin had an off season procedure on an unknown body part performed by an anonymous physician at an undisclosed location. Make of that what you will.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 18, 2014 7:20 PM

    All this mystery about an undisclosed procedure on an unknown body part. We just have to hope he doesn’t show up to camp as Justine Smith.

  4. kamthechancellor says: Jun 18, 2014 7:48 PM

    If “Cowboy” isn’t there to hold the tackle on every play, how will Aldon get to the quarterback?

  5. themeccalambeaufield says: Jun 18, 2014 8:56 PM

    Aldon is nothing without him

  6. leet793 says: Jun 18, 2014 10:53 PM

    2014 (and 2015)

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