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.
Bob Young of AZCentral.com examines Adrian Wilson and the stamp he has left on the history of the Arizona Cardinals.
Andrew Nordmeier of Bleacher Report takes a look at the biggest winners and losers from Week 15.
Cam Inman of the MercuryNews.com grades the 49ers' exciting 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots.
Thomas Galicia of Bleacher Report says Aldon Smith's Defensive Player of the Year campaign took a huge hit after last night's game.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com reports on head coach Pete Carroll and his decision to fake punt in the fourth quarter.
Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report gathers thoughts from around the NFL on Pete Carroll running up the score.
St. Louis Rams
Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reacts to the Rams losing and the fact that they missed the chance to please in front of their home crowd.
Nick Kostora of Bleacher Report begs the question, has Steven Jackson played his last game in St. Louis?