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49ers injury update: Limited Justin Smith, Mario Manningham information among others

We update the 49ers injury report heading into Week 17 following Jim Harbaugh's Monday press conference.


49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh put on a root canal for a press conference on Monday, as he had little to say about the 49ers loss to the Seahawks. It was not a surprising press conference, particularly in light of the fact that some games just leave a team wondering what just ran them over.

Naturally, Coach Harbaugh was asked quite a few questions about the team's injury report. Coach Harbaugh was rather vague, but he did at least say something about the various injuries.

Justin Smith: He is working through something with his elbow. He has not undergone any sort procedure. When asked if Smith might need surgery in the offseason, Harbaugh said, "We'll see." Coach Harbaugh won't give any specific timeline, but this is decidedly less optimistic than before.

Mario Manningham: He will undergo an MRI today. His x-rays came back negative, but that does not cover ligament damage. Seeing how his knee moved on Sunday, I would be surprised if there wasn't some kind of ligament damage.

Will Tukuafu: He suffered a back injury in the third quarter, and according to Matt Maiocco, he was seen with a brace on his neck. Coach Harbaugh said he was working through something.

Vernon Davis: He left Sunday's game with a concussion, and Coach Harbaugh indicated it is up to the doctors. That's code for the NFL's concussion protocol. We'll have to wait and see what the next few days bring as Davis will have to pass tests at rest and after exertion.

With all the "working through something", it continues to remind me of the knight from Monty Python. I might start including this with more injury reports.