| Smith expected to return for 49ers -- Wed Jan 9 11:00 pm --|
DT has been recovering from partially torn triceps
|Even at less than full strength, Justin Smith's presence on the San Francisco defensive line is enough to instill plenty of fear in opposing offenses. Or even his own teammates, for that matter. Running back Frank Gore endured his toughest training camp yet last summer while facing his defensive teammates each day - Smith, in particular. ''I'd take a 75 percent Justin ahead of anybody,'' Gore said Wednesday. ''At 75-80 percent, he's better than anybody at his position. ... I'm not scared, haaa! But he's a beast, man.'' Smith is expected to return to the field for Saturday night's NFC divisional playoff game against Green Bay (12-5) at Candlestick Park, and, oh, how his teammates will welcome back ''The Cowboy'' as they try to chase down Aaron Rodgers and Co. (Yahoo Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Smith is a big nose tackle who clogs up the middle and can get to the quarterback on occasion. He'll make life a little tougher for the Packers' offensive line and more importantly, for Aaron Rodgers.