Ex-Raiders LB Malcolm Smith out for year with torn pectoral


Malcolm Smith's Injury More Serious?

The veteran linebacker signed a new five-year deal with the team in March after spending the last two seasons with the Raiders.

Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers addresses the media during a press conference at Levi Stadium on February 9, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

With four-time All-Pro NaVorro Bowman at middle linebacker, the 49ers have been using Foster at weakside linebacker, the spot occupied by Smith on San Francisco's first team during the offseason.

The Niners selected Garnett with the No. 28 overall pick in the first round of the 2016 National Football League draft out of Stanford.

Foster, a first-round draft pick this year, has been one of the 49ers' standouts throughout training camp. Cornerback Keith Reaser has missed time with a knee injury, allowing Dontae Johnson more opportunities to win a starting job opposite Rashard Robinson, who's struggled in pass coverage this week. He ascended to working with the second string this week during team drills after being limited in the offseason program while recovering from shoulder surgery. He replaced Smith in the starting lineup Saturday as the weak-side inside linebacker during the full-team session. "They're both two smart guys", Bowman said.

The 23-year-old is once again expected to start at right guard for the 49ers in 2017, but his injury could force some shuffling on the depth chart.

"We don't know exactly, for sure, but there's some stuff in his knee we're probably going to have to clean up", Shanahan said.