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Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers forces a fumble from Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium on November 23, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

49ers Defensive Star, Team Leader Justin Smith Retires From NFL

The San Francisco 49ers have lost another mainstay, with the announcement by the team Monday that five-time Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Justin Smith was retiring from the National Football League.

05/18/2015

Matt Forte #22 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by  Patrick Willis #52 and  NaVorro Bowman #53 of the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter of the game at Candlestick Park on November 19, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

49ers Expected To Lose Defensive Stars Patrick Willis, Justin Smith To Retirement

The 2015 San Francisco 49ers will look much, much different that the team that appeared in the Super Bowl just a couple of seasons ago. Multiple sources report the team will lose two the mainstays of their NFC championship defense: Patrick Willis and Justin Smith.

03/09/2015

Defensive end Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals walks out onto the field before the NFL game against the Carolina Panthers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 22-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Daily Madden: Darnell Dockett Signing Is A Good Move For The 49ers

John Madden said if Justin Smith decides to return, he and newly signed Darnell Dockett will make for a formidable pair on the defensive line of the San Francisco 49ers.

03/05/2015

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Week 13 Injury Report: 49ers Not 100% Up Front, Otherwise Both Teams Healthy

Anthony Davis is still recovering from his concussion and Justin Smith has a bad back, but Smith will play and no other important players will miss this important game. Seattle on the other hand has no new injuries, making both sides relatively healthy.

11/27/2014

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Pro Bowl Selections Made: 49ers Get 8 Players, 1 Raider Picked

The NFL revealed Friday that the Chiefs and 49ers each had eight players voted into the Pro Bowl, including running backs Jamaal Charles of Kansas City and Frank Gore of San Francisco.

12/27/2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 03: Mike Tolbert #35 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

49ers And Panthers Have No Significant Injuries Heading Into Pivotal Match Up

The 49ers and Panthers each have several players listed on this week’s injury report, but none that will hinder their play Out of the two teams, it’s the Panthers who will have to keep an eye on a few players, but in the end, this game will not be decided by injuries.

11/08/2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick warms up during a San Francisco 49ers training session at Allianz Park on October 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

49ers Healthy As They Have Been All Year, Jacksonville Not So Lucky

San Francisco enters this week’s game healthy. They had 7 players limited in practice Thursday, but not a single one will really be hampered by it during the game. Jacksonville on the other hand will be affected on both sides of the ball by various injured starters.

10/25/2013

Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers answers questions from the media during Super Bowl XLVII Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 29, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The San Francisco 49ers will take on the Baltimore Ravens on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

49ers Sign Defensive Standout Justin Smith To 2-Year Extension

The San Francisco 49ershave signed defensive end Justin Smith to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2015 season.

06/19/2013

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49ers’ Aldon Smith, Justin Smith On Mend After Surgeries

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith and linebacker Aldon Smith are working back from off-season surgeries, and general manager Trent Baalke expects each to be at full strength and ready for the start of training camp this summer.

04/17/2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18: Defensive tackle Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers lines up opposite the Seattle Seahawks in the first quarter on October 18, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won 13-6. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

49er Pro Bowl DE Justin Smith Headed For Surgery

Limited by a partially torn left triceps, the 49ers’ defensive end had his worst game of the season in the Super Bowl, according to the analytical website Pro Football Focus. Smith finished with three tackles — with no quarterback hurries, hits or sacks.

02/05/2013

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