DL Justin Smith Returns to Practice

49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith Thursday was in uniform for the first time since his Dec. 16 triceps injury. Smith, wearing a plastic brace over his left arm, warmed up with his fellow defensive linemen and went through individual drills, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports. It was the Smith’s first on-field injury since partially tearing his triceps tendon in the third quarter against New England.

“I figure I got three more good years in me, four more good years,” Smith said at the time. “I don’t want to be the guy that becomes the third-down guy, plays 17 (snaps), I don’t want to do that. I’m figuring, let’s go.
“Time is of the essence for me, personally,” Smith continued. “Not everyone else. We have a young defense. But I think everyone feels the urgency ,and we’ve got the guys right now. Let’s not wait.”

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