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Status Update Regarding 49ers DE Justin Smith

Jim Harbaugh mentioned on Tuesday that he expects Justin Smith to practice this week.

“I expect we’ll see the Cowboy,” said Harbaugh, via Sacramento Bee. “Knowing what I know of Justin Smith and the situation, yeah, I think the Cowboy’s going to be saddled up. … Ropin’ and ridin’!

This is at least a positive sign that his injury is better than it seemed on Monday.

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh would offer up any details regarding the results from Justin Smith‘s MRI that he took on Monday.

“It’s really going to be how he is today, tomorrow and Wednesday before we know anything,” said Harbaugh, via CSN Bay Area.

Smith suffered an undisclosed injury against the Patriots and his loss had an immediate impact on the team’s overall defensive production. Tom Brady had more time to distribute the ball down field and the 49ers exceptional pass rush began to struggle without Smith. It was only one half of football, but it’s pretty clear that Smith does things that don’t show up on the stat sheet week in week out.

Harbaugh expects to see how he’s doing during the week before confirming anything directly.

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