49ers notes: Shanahan fears Malcolm Smith injury is long term

49ers notes: Shanahan fears Malcolm Smith injury is long term

Offensive guard Joshua Garnett was listed as "out" with a knee injury for San Francisco's open practice at Levi's Stadium.

Smith was injured at practice Saturday, and early reports indicated the 49ers feared for his availability this season.

Also listed on the injury report was linebacker Malcolm Smith.

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"We don't know exactly, for sure, but there's some stuff in his knee we're probably going to have to clean up", Shanahan said. "We don't expect it to be anything long-term, but it's going to be a little bit of time".

Smith, 28, left the field during full-team drills after working with the starters throughout training camp next to All-Pro NaVorro Bowman in the new-look defense.




Garnett, a first-round pick in 2016, was competing with Zane Beadles for the starting left guard spot after starting 11 games at right guard as rookie.

More information regarding Smith's injury and replacement is expected to come out in the coming days and a decision should be made relatively soon.

When Smith departed Saturday's practice, it was Ray-Ray Armstrong who replaced him with the top defense, but Foster's ascension to the top of the depth chart could be expedited following Smith's injury. The addition of former Alabama star Reuben Foster, whom the 49ers traded up to draft during the 2017 NFL Draft, should help ease the blow.

Ideally, the Niners wouldn't be rushed into starting Foster.

For now, one can only hope these two injuries aren't too serious and both players are back in action before too long.

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