Justin Smith DL SF 22 Hrs

Smith (non-injury) was given the day off Wednesday to simply rest, and not because of an injury, CSN Bay Area reports.

The report indicates that coach Jim Harbaugh will likely give the veteran lineman Wednesdays off for the remainder of the season in an effort to keep him fresh. The 14-year veteran has nothing to prove in practice, and the team's main concern is keeping him healthy and recharged for Sundays.

Justin Smith DL SF 5 Days

Smith (non-injury) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears.

As expected, Smith is out there Sunday, on the heels of a Week 1 effort in which he recorded six tackles and two sacks for his IDP owners.

Justin Smith DL SF 7 Days

Smith (non-injury) is probable for Sunday's game against Chicago.

Smith is at or near full strength, so his IDP owners don't need to factor his health into the decision of whether to utilize him this week.

Justin Smith DL SF 1 Month

Smith (shoulder) returned to the practice field Wednesday, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.

Smith was assumed to be healthy, but he had missed the 49ers' first preseason game last week and was absent from training camp. His return Wednesday indicates that he is ready to go and should be available for Sunday's game. Smith will resume his role as the team's starting right defensive end.

Justin Smith DL SF 2 Months

49ers RE Justin Smith revealed he had offseason shoulder surgery.

Smith says he suffered shoulder damage in last year's training camp, but played through it and had it repaired over winter. Entering his 14th season, Smith said he's now taking his career one year at a time. He's missed just three games.

Justin Smith DL SF 3 Months

49ers RE Justin Smith is recovering from an offseason "procedure," but should be ready for training camp.

Smith is coming off yet a terrific season and is entering his age-35 season. After seeing his snaps reduced in 2013 in an effort to keep him fresher, Smith's play-count total could dip again in 2014 with DL Tank Carradine healthy and added to the mix. Smith has missed just three games in his 13-year career.

Justin Smith DL SF 8 Months

Justin Smith's played on 780-of-1064 snaps (73.3 percent) in 2013.

Justin Smith DL SF Jul 20 '13

After RE Justin Smith's 2012 triceps tear, the 49ers allowed 300 passing yards per game and a 102.1 rating to opposing quarterbacks.

Those stats include Smith's playoff performances at less than full strength, and are in comparison to a 183-yard average and 74.6 QB rating in Smith's 13 1/2 healthy games. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to identify Smith as a critical cog and difference maker. Esteemed beat reporter Matt Maiocco suggests Smith is the "most important player" in Vic Fangio's defense.

Justin Smith DL SF Jun 20 '13

Justin Smith's two-year extension saves the 49ers more than $4 million in cap room this season.

Interestingly, Smith negotiated this deal without an agent. His $7.5 million 2013 base salary was converted into a $6.56 million signing bonus, a $940,000 base salary with a $500,000 workout bonus and a $100,000 roster bonus. In 2014, he'll earn $4.55 million and in 2015, he'll receive $2.65 million in base salary. Despite Smith's age, it's a very team-friendly deal for arguably the best 3-4 end in football.

Justin Smith DL SF Jun 20 '13

49ers RE Justin Smith said he won't play out his two-year extension as a part-time player.

Smith has no interest in fading quietly into the night as he plays out the next three seasons. If he can't be a full-time player, there's language in the deal to let both sides get out. "I won't be a guy that's around for 10 snaps, 20 snaps," Smith said. "It's either I'm going (to play full-time), or I'm not going. And when it's time to get my ass out of here, I'm going." The Niners are expected to groom second-round rookie Tank Carradine as a defensive end, but a healthy Smith is still a dominant one.