Torrey Smith Injury: Updates on 49ers Star's Concussion and Recovery

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

BUFFALO, NY - OCTOBER 16:   Torrey Smith #82 of the San Francisco 49ers runs after the catch during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on October 16, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith has not played since he suffered a concussion in Week 14 against the New York Jets. Smith landed awkwardly after leaping up to make a catch and was subsequently carted off the field.

He has been placed on the injured reserve and will not return this season. 

Continue for updates.

Smith Comments on Injury

Friday, Dec. 23

The 49ers announced they have placed Smith on season-ending injured reserve and promoted linebacker Wynton McManis to the active roster.

Smith Comments on Injury

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Smith discussed his recovery during an appearance on KNBR, per Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle:

I still have symptoms. I don't know how long that will be. Whether it's going to be a week, or two weeks, or whatever, you just never know. It's my first time ever having one like this. Obviously, I was knocked out, so it was pretty bad. I don't know, but things are better, which is a positive sign.

Smith previously discussed his condition on his Twitter account Sunday and Monday:

Smith Struggling for 49ers in 2016

Smith has put together another lackluster season after coming into the campaign as the 49ers' projected top target. While some of his struggles are due to the team's quarterback play, his inability to get separation in the secondary has him on pace to post a new career low in yards per catch.

This season, Smith caught 20 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

Additionally, his iron-man streak came to an end this year. The 27-year-old Maryland product played all 16 games in each of his first five NFL seasons, but the impressive run of durability came to an end in Week 11, when he was kept out with a shoulder injury.

Jeremy Kerley continues to serve as the 49ers' clear top option in the passing game to close out the season.

Smith hasn't been nearly as involved in the offense as the 49ers hoped he would be when they signed him to a lucrative five-year contract last year. Losing him to injury is still a setback, though, given the limited number of playmakers on their offense.