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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Justin Smith likely to get weekly rest

By Bill Williamson

LONDON -- The San Francisco 49ers are healthy going into Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.

The four players who did not practice Wednesday -- defensive linemen Justin Smith (shoulder), Ray McDonald (biceps), Glenn Dorsey (hamstring) and receiver Jon Baldwin (illness) -- all worked on a limited basis Thursday. Barring setbacks they should all be ready to play Sunday.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Smith may not practice every day for the season of the season. The 34-year-old will likely be rested on Wednesdays, which has been the case for the past several weeks.

“I don’t know that it’ll ever practice full practice when you get a guy that’s 34 years old, although he’s in tremendous shape and not like your normal 34-year-old,” Fangio said of Smith. “You take care of them during the week so they can be at their best on Sunday. So, I don’t think he’ll ever have a full-practice regimen say like Quinton Dial would, or even some of the other guys. And I don’t have much concern there. Justin knows his body better than anybody. And I really don’t concern myself with it too much.”

As far as McDonald goes, Fangio said he thinks McDonald played much better with the bicep injury against Tennessee than he did against Arizona. That was his first game since partially tearing the bicep against Houston.