San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith underwent surgery for a torn labrum a few months ago, and apparently is still not at 100 percent yet.
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports that Smith is doing “a little bit” at the start of OTAs.
“I’ve got more plays in me,” Smith siad.
He did not miss any games in 2012, but was listed on the injury report from weeks 12-17 with a shoulder injury. He really struggled down the stretch, registering no sacks in the last six games when he had 19.5 sacks during the first ten games.
Smith told the Bay Area News Group on Feb. 15 that the injury was only a “bad stinger,” and even participated in MMA training with two-time Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier in San Jose that day.
“It’s doing good,” Smith said at the time. “I was on the mat, playing around and doing fine.”
Smith was the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2012. He was selected by the 49ers as the seventh overall pick in 2011.
Golden Gate Sports’ Robert Carter believes the injury should not be much of a concern:
The Niners will probably have very little to worry about with Smith’s injury. Torn labrum injuries do require surgery to repair like most muscle and tendon tears, but it is not a severe as most muscle tears. According to this John Hopkins Medicine website, a labrum tear takes roughly eight to 12 weeks to heal with four to six weeks for the injury to repair itself and then another four to six weeks to regain strength.
Smith is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.