Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/29/14

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 5: Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field during the game against the New England Patriots on October 5, 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The San Francisco 49ers have been gashed for big yardage after DT Justin Smith was injured on Dec. 16th against the New England Patriots, and he is unlikely to play in the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals due to his partially torn left triceps. Moving forward after the finale, his status for the playoffs is uncertain as well. He could either miss some or all of the post-season. Not good either way. Despite the glaring loss on defense, Patrick Willis thinks the 49ers can still be a great defense without their All-Pro tackle. “You can’t really put into words what he means to this defense,” Willis said, via the Associated Press. “We most certainly miss him, and hopefully we’ll get him back for the playoffs.” “But we have a great defense, and I truly believe that. When you have what we have on our defense, we should be able to go out there and display that each time. Starting from this Sunday, we have to make sure we go out and do that on a consistent basis and pl...
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