Harbaugh on the loss of Justin Smith: “The next guy has got to step up.”

SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh spoke in the media tent Friday afternoon. This is what he said.

Q: Why promote Tony Jerod-Eddie to the active roster and not a receiver?

HARBAUGH: We felt that’s where we needed the depth this weekend, this game.

Q: What do you like about him?

HARBAUGH: He’s been a big body, been strong, has a good understanding of our system and he gets an opportunity. Excited to watch him compete on Sunday.

Q: He seems to have the classic 3-4 end build – 6-5, 300 pounds. Is that where he’ll be playing, on the end and not at nose tackle?

HARBAUGH: He’s an end, yeah.

Q: Do you expect him to suit up and be in the rotations?

HARBAUGH: I do. I expect he’ll be involved in some way.

Q: Does that mean that Will Tukuafu is still dealing with his neck and back injury?

HARBAUGH: Yeah, he’s going through something right now.

Q: Can you make up for the loss of Justin Smith and if so, how?

HARBAUGH: The next guy has got to step up. We have great confidence in all our players. That’s why they’re here. Their opportunity to play and compete. Their opportunity to step up. We’re excited to give them that opportunity.

Q: Is there a chance if Justin Smith plays in the playoffs he’ll further tear that ligament in his triceps?

HARBAUGH: Yes. I think there’s a higher risk. It’s something that he’ll have to have surgically repaired at the end of the season either way.

Q: How much would a Bye week assist him and assist you guys as a whole?

HARBAUGH: We’re just concentrating on winning this game. We’ll let the chips fall where they may after that.

Q: Will you instruct the guys not be scoreboard watching on Sunday, considering the Packers are playing at the same time?

HARBAUGH: I don’t expect that anybody would. We’ve got business to take care of, and I feel like our players understand what the challenge is this weekend. It’s an NFL game. It’s a football fight. Expect anything for the Cardinals. It’s going to take us playing our best football like it does in any game. The only way you win these games is if you’re playing at your best.

Q: Would you demand that they not score the Packers-Vikings score at the stadium?

HARBAUGH: I haven’t thought of it. I think we’ll be so focused on the game. I’m speaking from playing experience, too. I can’t remember looking at scores when you’re immersed in your own game.

Q: Where do things stand with Vernon Davis being on course to play this week?

HARBAUGH: Tomorrow he’ll go through the final progression.

Q: Is there anything that makes you feel like it might be better to keep him out this week?

HARBAUGH: That’s something the doctors have full control over.

Q: What do you guys do with Brandon Jacobs after this weekend?

HARBAUGH: We’ll address that after the weekend.

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