December 30, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh looks on during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Harbaugh "Hopeful" That Justin Smith Can Play in Playoffs

Amidst their preparation for the playoffs, Jim Harbaugh appeared on KNBR this morning to discuss the state of the injured Justin Smith.

November 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jason Campbell (2, left top) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99, left bottom) and defensive end Justin Smith (94, right) during the first quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The second-year coach didn’t reveal much. Or at least anything we don’t know already. Still, Harbaugh repeatedly said that he’s “hopeful” that Smith will be ready to go for the divisional round next Saturday.

Harbaugh also suggested that Aldon Smith will “particularly benefit” from the bye week. Smith, who was chasing a record, has recorded zero sacks in his past three games, which is a first for him. He ended the regular season with 19.5 sacks. In two and a half of those three games he’s been without the other Smith. This is no coincidence, to be sure.  It’s all to obvious that Aldon Smith would greatly benefit from Justin Smith returning to the field, even if he’s limited.

With or without the “Cowboy,” Harbaugh has chosen to look at the playoffs as if they have to win three Super Bowls.



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