San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum a few weeks ago, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport on Friday while on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access.”
Despite being on the 49ers’ injury report with an undisclosed shoulder injury from Week 12 of the regular season to Super Bowl XLVII, his shoulder surgery was not widely known. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, the injury was a result of an in-season football injury rather than his MMA training in late February with UFC Heavyweight Daniel Cormier.
Smith’s injury and eventual surgery was evident by what he said and how he performed on the field. Days after the 49ers’ Super Bowl loss, he told CSN Bay Area’s Mindi Bach that he had a shoulder strain after the game.
While he had 4.5 sacks in the next three games after first appearing on the injury report in Week 12, he finished the final three regular season games with zero sacks. This injury, coupled with the absence of Justin Smith due to a partially torn triceps, led to his decline as the season wore on.
Austin Chang is an Associate Editor for Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.
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