San Francisco defensive tackle Justin Smith returned to the practice field on Thursday, and for the first time in a few weeks went through individual drills after suffering an elbow injury in mid-December, according to CSN Bay Area.
Smith partially tore a triceps tendon that was a part of a bone spur in a game against the New England Patriots on Dec. 16. On Thursday, he worked out before the 49ers' full practice and wore a brace on his left elbow. Smith said last Friday that the injury will require surgery, but he was planning on putting it off until after the postseason. He has been adamant that he'll give it a go the postseason opener on Jan. 12.
He had 66 tackles and three sacks on the season.