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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.

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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.

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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.

Justin Smith DL SF Jun 19 '13

49ers RE Justin Smith (triceps) is currently bench-pressing more than 400 pounds.

It sounds like Cowboy's triceps/elbow is doing just fine. Fresh off signing a two-year extension, Smith is expected to be 100 percent for training camp.

Justin Smith DL SF Jun 19 '13

49ers signed RE Justin Smith to a two-year extension.

Justin Smith DL SF Jun 12 '13

The 49ers are expected to rotate their defensive line more heavily than in past seasons.

From 2011-2012 only two defensive lineman played more snaps than Justin Smith and Ray McDonald. Smith will turn 34 during the first month of the season and is coming off a torn triceps injury. The defense was noticeably weaker with Smith out of the lineup, so it's in the best interest of the team to keep him fresh.

Justin Smith DL SF Apr 17 '13

49ers GM Trent Baalke says RE Justin Smith (triceps surgery) already has "no restrictions" in his rehab, and is back in the weight room.

Smith underwent surgery soon after the Super Bowl. The 49ers will likely take it easy with Smith in their offseason program, but he's on pace to be 100 percent for training camp. Baalke also Aldon Smith (labrum) is coming along "conservatively," but will be fine. The defending NFC champs have no reason to rush either of their pass-rushing linchpins.