San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith, one of the top defensive players in the NFL, is unlikely to play against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday due to an elbow injury, via Adam Schefter of ESPN. Smith is currently listed as questionable, meaning there's officially a 50-50 chance of him playing on Sunday.
The defensive end suffered the elbow injury last week in the second half against the New England Patriots. While Smith attempted to play through it once, it didn't work and he came back to the sidelines and missed the remainder of the game.
Smith, 34, has just three sacks in 14 starts this season, but that's complemented by 47 tackles and 18 assists.
The San Francisco 49ers could clinch the division with a win against the team chasing them, the Seattle Seahawks, on Sunday but may need to do it without one of the top defensive players in the game.