SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith and linebacker Aldon Smith are working back from offseason surgeries, and general manager Trent Baalke expects each to be at full strength and ready for the start of training camp this summer.Running back Kendall Hunter, who underwent surgery late in the season for a torn left Achilles, also plans to be full go by training camp after he recently resumed sprint work. He was injured in a Nov. 25 win at New Orleans. Read More
NEW ORLEANS - Through 13 games of the regular season, Aldon Smith was a one-man wrecking ball.
The second-year 49ers linebacker was wreaking havoc on opposing offenses, using his lightning-quick speed and underrated power to muscle past linemen and drag down quarterbacks with ease. In all, he had 19½ sacks, well on his way to eclipsing the NFL’s all-time record. Read More
Nobody can dispute the incredible fortune that came the 49ers’ way last Sunday. Not only did they take care of business against the lowly Cardinals in a game that was all but won before kickoff, they saw various other cards fall in the most beneficial of ways.
The Vikes over the Pack? Yeah, you had that in your knockout pool, right? No, you didn’t. As phenomenal as the Adrian Peterson story in Minnesota has been, Green Bay’s midseason resurrection was every bit as impressive. Read More
The defense of the 49ers has been the backbone of the team’s success for the past two seasons, and Wednesday, it was handsomely rewarded.
San Francisco led all NFL teams with nine players selected to the Pro Bowl team, including six from the league’s second-ranked defense. Read More
Linebacker Aldon Smith loves playing in prime time. It takes him back to how he spent so many Friday nights in high school under the lights.
Niners teammates Anthony Dixon, Joe Staley and others become similarly nostalgic when they take the field these days with the football spotlight on them.
“Under the lights, you knew it was showtime,” Smith said. “It’s just that feeling you get again from being under that spotlight.” Read More
Aldon Smith hardly has a free moment to stop at his locker, much less give thought to any intriguing matchups or scenarios as he chases Michael Strahan’s single-season NFL sacks record. Read More
A game that was supposed to be a defensive battle featuring two backup quarterbacks was anything but, as Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to a 32-7 victory over the Chicago Bears on Monday in his first career start.
Kaepernick completed 16-of-23 passes for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Aldon Smith piled up 5½ sacks of Bears quarterback Jason Campbell, the second best single-game sack total in franchise history. Read More
Niners coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that linebacker Aldon Smith spoke with general manager Trent Baalke about what happened during the bye week while the player visited his former college, Missouri.
The 23-year-old Smith denied on Twitter a report last Thursday that he had been attacked earlier in the day outside a restaurant in Columbia, Mo., saying, “Didn’t get jumped — stop asking.” There was no formal police report filed. Read More
Two days before he started and played every snap against the Detroit Lions, 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was in a single-car accident in which the driver was hospitalized with a “broken back.”
The Sacramento Bee reported the accident took place Friday at 11:45 p.m. The California Highway Patrol said alcohol was not involved.
The driver of the vehicle was taken to San Jose Regional Medical Center with a serious back injury. The CHP called the injury a “broken back.” Read More
The 49ers’ defense was their strength last season, and could be even more dominant this season, so defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was somewhat disappointed with what he saw in the team’s first exhibition game, a 17-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. Read More