Sometimes a player’s value can become more clear in his absence. Such was the case this year with 49ers All-Word defensive end Justin Smith. Following his Week 15 against the Patriots, the 49ers defense just wasn’t the same. The same can be said for Aldon Smith. If the 49ers want to get back to the Super Bowl next year, they are probably going to need a healthy Justin Smith. From CSNBayArea.com:
Defensive tackle Justin Smith will require three months of rehabilitation after undergoing surgery this week to repair a partially torn triceps, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Monday. Smith, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, sustained approximately a 50-percent tear of his left triceps on Dec. 16 against the New England Patriots. He missed the final 2 1/2 regular season games. He returned to action for the 49ers’ three playoff games. Smith wore a brace on his left arm and played 89.7 percent of the team’s defensive plays in the postseason. Smith, who is scheduled to make $8 million in the final year of his contract, could be ready to participate in the final stages of the 49ers’ offseason program. He is expected to make a full recovery in time for the opening of training camp in late-July.