San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Justin Smith did not practice on Wednesday following an injury to his left elbow suffered in the team's 41-34 win on the road vs. the New England Patriots on Sunday. He hasn't missed a game since the first week of his rookie campaign, and it appears that his games played streak could be in jeopardy.
Smith tried to return to action following the injury, but could not. In his absence, the Patriots scored 28 straight points as the pass rush was all but absent in the second half. Linebacker Clark Haggans was the only other player that did not practice on Wednesday.
The 49ers are plenty banged up though and had several players practice in just a limited capacity. Linebacker Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), cornerback Tarell Brown (shoulder), linebacker Tavares Gooden (ribs), wide receiver Mario Manningham (shoulder), running back Bruce Miller (shoulder), linebacker Aldon Smith (shoulder) and defensive tackle Will Tukuafu (concussion) each took part in only part of the session.
The good news for San Francisco lies in the fact that many of their core players returned to the practice field. Kicker David Akers (pelvis), offensive lineman Alex Boone (knee), linebacker NaVorro Bowman (shoulder), running back Frank Gore (wrist), guard Mike Iupati (shoulder), cornerback Carlos Rogers (knee) and linebacker Patrick Willis (shoulder) all took full reps on Wednesday.