Ian Rapoport reports that an MRI revealed 49ers LB Malcolm Smith has a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the entire 2017 season.
The 49ers will likely place him on injured reserve in the coming days and add someone to their roster.
According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, the 49ers are concerned that LB Malcolm Smith suffered a long-term injury during Saturday’s practice.
Maiocco writes that Smith left today’s practice with an injury to his right upper body and the fear for San Francisco is that this could be a potential season-ending pectoral injury.
Smith is expected to undergo an MRI examination to reveal the extent of the injury and whether surgery will be required.
Maiocco adds that Smith’s injury may actually open the door for first-round pick Reuben Foster to move into the starting lineup at the weakside linebacker position.
Smith, 28, is a former seventh-round pick of the Seahawks back in 2011. He played out his rookie contract with the Seahawks and was named Super Bowl MVP a few years ago before signing a two-year deal with the Raiders in 2015.
The 49ers signed Smith to a five-year, $26.5 million contract that included $13 million guaranteed this past March. He stands to make base salaries of $2 million and $3 million over the first two years of the contract.
In 2016, Smith appeared in 15 games for the Raiders and recorded 103 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 67 linebacker out of 87 qualifying players.