the 2012 NFL season is officially over with the San Francisco 49ers falling to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.
With the 49ers heading back to San Francisco after falling five points short of the Ravens last Sunday, All-Pro defensive end Justin Smith will undergo surgery according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com:
Defensive tackle Justin Smith will require three months of rehabilitation after undergoing surgery this week to repair a partially torn triceps, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Monday.
Smith suffered the torn triceps injury back on Dec. 16 in the win over the New England Patriots. Smith was feared to be out for the season with the triceps injury that would require surgery, but the veteran defensive end played through the pain and helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl.
There was talk of Smith possibly considering retirement as a result of the injuries and the veteran playing in his 12th season in the NFL and fifth season with the 49ers.
Smith earned a fourth consecutive Pro Bowl selection with the 49ers and continues to play at a high level at 33-years old.
As a result of Smith draws so much attention from opponents throughout the 2012 campaign, linebacker Aldon Smith was able to have a breakout season making a strong case for Defensive Player of the Year. Aldon followed up his impressive rookie season with 19.5 sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles, but fell short of the regular-season award to J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans.
The combination of the Smiths on the defensive side of the football for the 49ers has been one of the main reasons for the team’s success. San Francisco’s defense continues to be among the best in the league while being complimented by the vastly improved offense led by second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick.