San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith says he’s close to being about to play with a partially torn triceps. He believes he’ll be ready to go if the playoffs begin next week.
“Yeah, I’d be ready to play,” Smith said during a brief interview at his locker, his first since Dec. 16. “Just go with it. That’s all you can do.”
Smith suffered a partial tear of of his left triceps tendon nearly two weeks ago during a win over the Patriots. He hasn’t practiced since, but he said the injury has been healing on its own and that he has felt stronger as time goes on.
Smith says doctors has told him he’s going to need surgery no matter what.
The four-time Pro Bowler risks a complete tear of the tendon – which would put him out of action for good this year – if he plays. But that’s a risk he’s willing to take. “They can fix just about anything nowadays, so they told me,” he said. “Yeah, you’ve got to have surgery regardless.”