Justin Smith Scheduled for MRI on Left Elbow Today and More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterDecember 17, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 11:  Defenisve tackle Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers prepares for a play against the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter on November 11, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The teams tied 24-24 in overtime.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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In the midst of a furious second half comeback from the New England Patriots, defensive tackle Justin Smith couldn't do anything as he stood on the sideline and watched Tom Brady lead the Pats to 28 straight points.

Smith told Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com that he would indeed have an MRI on Monday, which would further reveal the full severity of the injury:

49ers DT Justin Smith (elbow/arm) is scheduled for an MRI on Monday, he said. bit.ly/T3hF7k

— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) December 17, 2012

It's worth noting that Smith did try to re-enter the game after returning from initial X-rays in the locker room, but was unable to finish out the game due to constant pain in his left elbow. It's rare when the "Cowboy" can't finish a game due to injury and pain.

He currently has appeared in 188 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak amongst defensive tackles in the NFL. Even though his fill-in, Ricky Jean Francois, notched a sack late in the fourth quarter, No. 94's production can't be replaced.

San Francisco's defense runs through him and outside linebacker Aldon Smith's stock could take a hit without him as well. Aldon Smith is one half of the "Sack Brothers" and credits a lot of his success to Justin Smith because of what he does to help free off blockers.

By the time Jim Harbaugh takes the podium at 3:00 P.M. PT today, we should know more about Smith's injury situation.


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