Thirty-somethings Justin Smith and Frank Gore were among the players listed on the 49ers' first injury report of the week Monday. The team held a walk-through instead of a practice. But because of Thursday's game, they and the Seahawks were required to submit injury reports as if they had a full practice.
San Francisco's revealed that Smith would have sat out the session with a back injury. Smith rarely practices in the first – or lately, the second – session of the week, but it is always listed as non-injury related. This time he is dealing with an undisclosed back injury.
Smith, 35, is older than every 49er save kicker Phil Dawson, 39. His snap count through 11 games is significantly lower than it's been in recent years. Still, he's started every contest and his last two outings have been among his best. Harbaugh called his end-of-game effort against Washington Sunday “valiant”
“You can see him just see crank it up there,” Harbaugh said. “Valiant effort there down the stretch.”
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Gore, 31, would have been listed as limited with a knee injury. He dealt with a hip ailment before the team's Week 11 game against the Giants but was not on the injury report for the contest against Washington.
Did not participate: CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring), TE Derek Carrier (foot), T Anthony Davis (concussion), DT Glenn Dorsey (forearm), WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), DE Justin Smith (back)
Limited participation: RB Frank Gore (knee), TE Vance McDonald (back)
Full participation: WR Brandon Lloyd (quadricep), RB Bruce Miller (shoulder), S Eric Reid (ankle), S Raymond Ventrone (groin)
Did not participate: TE Cooper Helfet (ankle), C Max Unger (knee/ankle), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (shoilder)
Limited participation: WR Jermaine Kearse (ankle), RB Marshawn Lynch (back), G James Carpenter (ankle), DE Demarcus Dobbs (knee), CB Marcus Burley (hamstring), CB Jeremy Lane (glute)
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