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07:47 AM ET 01.10 | Forgive fans on the other side of the country for thinking about Robert Griffin III when they hear the name Justin Smith. [Smith] will play for the 49ers on Saturday, which seems like good news for the 49ers and their fans, but could be bad news for Smith's left arm, which hangs by a thread, in a manner of speaking. ... Questions arise: By playing, does Smith risk doing further damage that might endanger his career, since one-armed pass rushers are in small demand? Who has the final say-so on whether Smith will play -- Smith, coach Jim Harbaugh, or the team doctor? The NFL is on high alert to these matters since [Griffin] III sustained a career-threatening knee blowout last Sunday.

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January 10, 2013  07:51 AM ET

Are they really going to risk Justin Smith in the face of what has happened to RGIII?

January 10, 2013  07:52 AM ET

Impossible.

January 10, 2013  07:55 AM ET

A one-armed man, eh?

Paging Dr. Richard Kimble....

January 10, 2013  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

A one-armed man, eh?Paging Dr. Richard Kimble....

You beat me to it! Well done.

January 10, 2013  09:16 AM ET

Win at all Cost, including an arm! They will make him a VP! After his career ends.

January 10, 2013  09:28 AM ET

He should play. Don't be a Jay Cutler.

January 10, 2013  10:20 AM ET

The Niners need him, but not if he's trying to play with one good arm. Playing just to be out there if you can't be effective has no upside. Right, RGIII?

January 10, 2013  10:35 AM ET

great football player , as tough as they come. Leave it up to the medical professionals to clear him. Would not wan't to loose Justin for more than one game and risk a more serious injury.

January 10, 2013  10:38 AM ET

RGIII was effective until he really got hurt. The Skins were up 14-0. They wouldn't have been leading if the backup QB started. They drafted Griffin to get them to the playoffs so there was no sense in benching him. Even at 80% he was still better than his backup. If Justin Smith with one arm is better than his backup he should play.

January 10, 2013  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

RGIII was effective until he really got hurt. The Skins were up 14-0. They wouldn't have been leading if the backup QB started. They drafted Griffin to get them to the playoffs so there was no sense in benching him. Even at 80% he was still better than his backup. If Justin Smith with one arm is better than his backup he should play.

This is where LT turns to the kids and says "Remember kids, don't smoke crack". NO starter is so good that they are better injured than their healthy backup...

January 10, 2013  11:29 AM ET

Cowboys thought an injured Demarcus Ware might be effective against the skins in the last game of the season....big time FAIL...just about any warm body in his place would have done better...

January 10, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

RGIII was effective until he really got hurt. The Skins were up 14-0. They wouldn't have been leading if the backup QB started. They drafted Griffin to get them to the playoffs so there was no sense in benching him. Even at 80% he was still better than his backup. If Justin Smith with one arm is better than his backup he should play.

If you saw RGIII hobbling around in the second half and seriously thought Cousins couldn't be more effective, that pretty much invalidates anything else you have to say.

January 10, 2013  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

This is where LT turns to the kids and says "Remember kids, don't smoke crack". NO starter is so good that they are better injured than their healthy backup...

You beat me to that. Cousins showed he could play, Shanahan should have had some backbone.

January 10, 2013  11:58 AM ET

49ers will win this game even without Justin Smith.

January 10, 2013  12:15 PM ET
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49ers will win this game even without Justin Smith.

Maybe. Since Justin Smith went down, Aldon Smith hasn't had a sack. They'll need a pass rush to keep that GB offense in check, especially now that Rodgers has all of his receivers back. That GB line keeping Rodgers clean is a big key to the game.

January 10, 2013  03:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

If Justin Smith with one arm is better than his backup he should play.

That seems short sighted. You draft a blue chip player with the idea he'll help you get many wins over his career. Why would anyone burn a player and risk losing them forever just to get ANY particular win, including the Super Bowl? This is a guy with a lot of great plays to come. Sit him down. If it's not to be this year it's not to be. Future looks pretty bright in San Francisco right now. Why screw that up?

 
January 10, 2013  03:12 PM ET

By the way, interns, can we PLEASE get a different Harbaugh shot? It always feels like a freakin Crest Toothpaste ad when we get Niner threads. I know the bosses here are tightwads, but we'll take anything. Clearly.

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