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Justin Smith has triceps tear

Updated: December 27, 2012, 10:32 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Smith has a partially torn left triceps but will attempt to play this postseason, sources told ESPN.

Smith suffered the injury against the New England Patriots on Dec. 16 and has not practiced since. The four-time Pro Bowler missed this past Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks with what the team listed as an elbow injury.

Smith likely will need surgery in the offseason, but the veteran defensive end and the 49ers are hoping he ...

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