SANTA CLARA – Justin Smith practiced Thursday for the first time since he tore his left triceps tendon in New England on December 16th.
He spoke at his locker after practice, and this is what he said.
Q: How did your injured elbow feel in practice today?
JUSTIN SMITH: We didn’t really do nothing, so it felt alright.
Q: Do you think the bye week will help you play in the playoffs?
JUSTIN SMITH: It couldn’t hurt any. It is what it is. We’ll see how it is and go from there.
Q: Did you have to make any adjustments?
JUSTIN SMITH: It felt good for today. We’ll go out there and see what happens.
Q: Are you worried about reinjuring it?
JUSTIN SMITH: We really haven’t played or done anything yet. Hopefully they run right at me and we find out quick.
Q: What’s it been like being on the sideline watching these games?
JUSTIN SMITH: It is what it is. You go from there. If I’m fortunate enough, I’ll get to play in this one. We’ll see what happens.
Q: Is it more a matter of strength or pain?
JUSTIN SMITH: I think it’s just a matter of getting out there and going. You just go out there and play until you can’t and be ready. I feel like I’ll be ready.