Adam Schefter just tweeted Justin Smith “is not expected to play Sunday night versus Seattle due to his elbow injury.”
Smith is the 49ers’ best run-defending defensive lineman and he also sets up most of the 49ers’ pass rush. Offensive lineman pay so much attention to Justin Smith that Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks and Ray McDonald have an easier time getting to the quarterback.
Losing Justin Smith hurts the 49ers’ two biggest strengths – stopping the run and rushing the quarterback. Expect the Seahawks to open the game running Marshawn Lynch right at Justin’s Smith’s backup, Ricky Jean Francois.
How do you think the apparent loss of Justin Smith will affect Sunday night’s game?