INDIANAPOLIS – All the attention this week at the NFL Scouting Combine is on the incoming prospects and the domino effect they’ll have on pending free agents. It’s deservedly so.
But one non-prospect related item from Thursday’s opening media session should not go unnoticed.
General Manager Trent Baalke revealed positive news on 49ers four-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Justin Smith. After the Super Bowl, San Francisco’s defensive co-captain underwent successful surgery on a partially torn left triceps tendon.
The comments, shared with CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, indicate Smith will have a brief rehab and will be ready for training camp.
Smith missed the final two regular season games from the triceps injury, but returned for all three postseason games. Mock drafts around the country have the 49ers taking a defensive lineman to lighten the workload on Smith’s plate, but all that will play itself out in the coming months.
For now, let’s enjoy the combine process and get to know the top talent headed to the NFL Draft. Also, Jim Harbaugh will speak with reporters at 11:30 am P.T. make sure you watch it live on 49ers.com.
Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com offered 10 takeaways from the first media availability, including his take on the 49ers options with Alex Smith.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee shared his impressions from Day 1, including what lies ahead for the 49ers in free agency.
Don Banks of SI.com shared his snap judgments from the opening day of the combine.
John Clayton of ESPN.com relayed his Day 1 combine observations.
ProFootballTalk.com shared details on an ESPN report that discussed the NFL looking into overhauling the league’s offseason schedule.
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com wrote down the latest combine gossip.
Mike Mayock of NFL Network shared his take on what the Kansas City Chiefs will do with the No. 1 pick.
49ers.com’s Combine Central provides all the Day 1 content from Baalke’s press conference to photos from the top prospects.
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