SANTA CLARA – Justin Smith has missed the last two-and-a-half games with a partially torn triceps tendon. Jim Harbaugh was asked if he expects Smith to heal enough during the bye week to play in the playoffs. Here’s what Harbaugh said.
Q: How much will the Bye help Justin Smith?
HARBAUGH: You watch the strength and how that comes back. If he can play, do his job, defend himself and be effective – he’s made progress each week, significant progress, so hopeful. That would be my thought.
Q: Will it be his call if he feels like he’s ready?
HARBAUGH: Yeah. Nobody knows their body like the player himself, but also the doctors.
Q: Do you think he’ll probably feel like he’s ready?
HARBAUGH: I’m hopeful.
Q: How did Ricky Jean Francois do in place of Justin Smith against the Cardinals?
HARBAUGH: He did a good job. He’s done a nice job filling in. He’s always been a solid player. Ray (McDonald) had a good game as well.