SANTA CLARA — The 49ers knew months ago they won’t have one of their starting linebackers for the season opener, Reuben Foster.
They didn’t know they probably won’t have two.
In addition to Foster, suspended until Week 3, Malcolm Smith could miss Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. He pulled his hamstring and the 49ers listed him Friday as doubtful.
“Doubtful is a small chance,” head coach Kyle Shanahan said in the 49ers auditorium. “So, we’ll see. He has been limited all week.”
Smith, 29, certainly was limited on Friday. He did absolutely nothing with the team. He wore shorts and tennis shoes and jogged on a side field under a trainer’s supervision. Smith didn’t even break a full stride. He seemed nowhere near ready to play Sunday.
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