He’s playing with a partially torn left triceps tendon, but it sounds like DL Justin Smith will be just fine when he takes the field a week from Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII.
Smith told reporters on Wednesday his left arm is doing well despite the circumstances with the injury.
“It’s feeling all right, feeling pretty good,” Smith said after practice.
It was the first practice for the team as they get ready for the Ravens in the title game, and if they are going to beat Baltimore, a good game from Smith and that D-line stopping Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce sure would help.
“I think the main thing is to stop the run,” Smith told Grant Cohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.
“The main reason they can chuck it so deep is they run the ball successfully. They max it up (with additional blockers), get you thinking run, suck in the corners and the safety, then they’re throwing over your head. And the guy they’re throwing to (Torrey Smith) runs about a 4.3, 4.2 (40-yard dash) or something.”
Last week in the NFC Title Game win over the Falcons, Smith had four tackles; in the win over the Packers, he had four tackles and an assist.
Having him on the field and as close to 100 percent as possible will be a key when kickoff takes place February 3rd.