Earlier this week it was reported San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith underwent surgery on his shoulder. Smith said the surgery fixed a torn labrum and he is expects to be healed up in time for the start of training camp in late July.
I had surgery a couple weeks ago on my shoulder. I’m just rehabbing and healing up.
The linebacker talked about his shoulder surgery on KNBR 680-AM on Wednesday and said the injury occurred on November 19, against the Chicago Bears. In that game the linebacker recorded a career-high 5.5 sacks. He thought the injury was just a “bad stinger” but after the season he was diagnosed with a torn labrum and surgery was required.
When the news first broke that Smith would need shoulder surgery, I immediately thought it had to with his Mixed Martial Arts training he did back in February. But he said the tear did not occur during his MMA training. Speaking at the NFL owners meeting this week, Jim Harbaugh also said Smith will be ready for training camp.
It should be noted Smith only had 4.5 sacks after tearing his labrum against the Bears. After defensive lineman Justin Smith went down with an injury for the last three regular season games, Aldon had zero sacks. However, the linebacker did say on Wednesday his shoulder injury had nothing to do with his lack of sacks.
Hopefully, with the Aldon’s surgery and Justin getting back to full health, the dynamic duo will cause havoc for offenses again in 2013. From the looks of the video below from Smith’s visit to the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, his shoulder did not seem to bother him in a game of Junkyard Dog.