The San Francisco 49ers have Justin Smith listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. When interviewed, Smith showed optimism on being ready for the postseason.
“Yeah, I’d be ready to play,” said Smith. “Just go with it. That’s all you can do.”
Smith hasn’t practiced with the team in two weeks since suffering his triceps injury against the New England Patriots in Week 15. Head coach Jim Harbaugh said it will be dangerous in the long term for Justin Smith to play now. His arm could be damaged even worse if he plays hurt.
“Yes, I think there’s a higher risk [in playing Justin Smith],” said Harbaugh. “It’s something that he’ll have to have surgically repaired at the end of the season either way.”
With Smith doubtful for Sunday’s game and defensive lineman Will Tukuafu questionable with a neck injury, the 49ers expect immediate contributions from defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie, who was promoted from the practice squad. Harbaugh said he understands the system after spending this entire season on the practice squad.
Meanwhile, Vernon Davis said he will be ready for Sunday’s game. He suffered a concussion when he was knocked out by Kam Chancellor last week against the Seahawks. Chancellor was not fined by the NFL for the hit. Davis said it would horrible if he isn’t cleared for the game.
“I’m thinking I got to be ready for this game,” Davis said. “That’s how I’m approaching it. I don’t like sitting back and watching. If I can get out there and help my teammates.”
Davis will need to pass a final test to be allowed to play on Sunday. Harbaugh said it is up to the doctors to make the call on his concussion whether is cleared or not. He is listed as questionable on the 49ers’ injury report. LB Clark Haggans (shoulder) is also questionable for Sunday’s game.
LB Navorro Bowman (wrist, shoulder), LB Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), CB Tarell Brown (shoulder, knee), LB Tavares Gooden (illness, rib), C Jonathan Goodwin (illness), RB Frank Gore (knee), G Mike Iupati (shoulder), P Andy Lee (illness), RB Bruce Miller (shoulder), S Trenton Robinson (finger), CB Carlos Rogers (knee, toe), LB Aldon Smith (shoulder) and S Donte Whitner (knee) are all listed as probable.
For the Arizona Cardinals, G Mike Gibson (calf), T Nate Potter (ankle), RB Anthony Sherman (knee) and DE Ronald Talley (ankle) are listed as questionable. WR Laron Byrd (knee) is doubtful while WR Early Doucet (concussion) was ruled out for the game.