San Francisco 49ers

No decision on Justin Smith; ‘Coach’ Charles Haley on hand

Charles Haley, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, did some coaching on Friday in Santa Clara.
Charles Haley, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, did some coaching on Friday in Santa Clara. AP

SANTA CLARA -- 'Justin Smith Watch' continues.

Jim Tomsula today said there's been no decision on the 14-year veteran's future even though Smith was at the 49ers’ facility earlier this week and is expected to be here on the weekend as well.

Tomsula has long said he will not pressure Smith, who has been the team's top defensive lineman since he was acquired in 2008, into making a decision.

"You know how I feel about that," Tomsula said. "That time will come, and we’re not trying to make it a saga. We’re really not. It’s really just as honest as we’re saying it is.”

Another prominent defensive end was on hand Friday.

Charles Haley, who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, stopped by the team facility and even got into some workout gear so he could pass along pass-rush tips to the current players.

Aldon Smith and Tank Carradine were the beneficiaries Friday. Smith has been the most prolific sack master on the 49ers since Haley prowled Candlestick Park. Carradine, meanwhile, is on of the candidates to take over at right defensive end should Justin Smith retire.

Haley’s presence was part of an initiative by Tomsula to introduce the young players on hand this week about the team’s past. Two rookies, third-round pick Eli Harold and undrafted Marcus Rush, joined in on Haley’s session when the rookie portion of Friday’s practice was finished.

As for Justin Smith, Tomsula said there was no impetus now for a decision but he figured it would come soon.

“We’ll know here,” he said. “It’s getting to the time when you're going to have to know something. So it's going to happen."

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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