Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Justin Smith's return timeline
By Tim Kavanagh
After sustaining a triceps injury in the San Francisco 49ers' win over the New England Patriots back on Dec. 16, Niners DL Justin Smith was clearly not playing at full capacity during the postseason run, and he has elected to undergo surgery this week in order to correct the problem. So when should he be expected to be back in action?
According to what a source has revealed to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, Smith's rehabilitation will last approximately three months. That will push him past much of the early offseason program for San Francisco, but will have him ready to roll by the time training camp begins in late July.
There had been some rumors that Smith was pondering retirement, but given how quickly he's making moves to fix his arm, it would appear he's concerned with getting back on the field as quickly as possible.