The San Francisco 49ers have officially placed seven-year veteran OLB Malcolm Smith on season-ending injured reserve. The highly prized free-agent was counted on to bolster the team’s linebackers unit, as the team transitioned to a 4-3 scheme under new DC Robert Saleh.
However, that project seems to be on hold indefinitely, as Smith recovers from a torn pectoral muscle.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@BEASTwriter_) July 28, 2017
Entering the NFL as a seventh-round pick (No. 242) of the 2011 NFL draft by the division rival Seattle Seahawks, Smith would play four seasons in the Pacific Northwest, before signing a two-year deal with the bay area rival Oakland Raiders.
Malcolm Smith out for year, I don't believe that impacted proj., starters. U don't draft a player in tail-end of 1st rd. to ride the pine.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@BEASTwriter_) August 6, 2017
In six NFL seasons, Smith has recorded 354 tackles, 6.0 sacks, nine forced fumbles, and four interceptions while being named the Super Bowl XLVIII MVP.
The move opens a roster spot for the Niners. The team then opted to use that vacant spot by signing LB Austin Calitro.