49ers Clarify Justin Smith's Injury, Hoping for Postseason Return

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49ers Clarify Justin Smith's Injury, Hoping for Postseason Return
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As one of 17 players in NFL history to earn Pro Bowl honors in each of his first six seasons, 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis has few peers. So it’s telling that he looks up to defensive tackle Justin Smith, whose absence has been impossible to miss since he was injured in the second half of a 41-34 win at New England on Dec. 16.

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