Wednesday, January 9, 2013

“God willing and the creek don’t rise” Justin Smith will play


It continues to look like all systems go for 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday that there has been “significant improvement” since Smith was initially injured and informed the media that he expected to have Smith on the field come Saturday against the Packers. He did it in a more colorful way than some of his colleagues might choose for themselves.

“God willing and the creek don’t rise, he’s going to play,” Harbaugh said during his press conference.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday that Smith would be pulled if he wasn’t effective, something Harbaugh wasn’t asked about during the session, but there’s no reason to believe that they’d put him on the field if they didn’t think he could play well. Smith will wear a brace that Harbaugh said increased his confidence in Smith’s ability to play when the 49ers return to the field this week.

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