The ‘ vaunted front seven lost a key member on Saturday.
Niners linebacker is out for the season with a torn pectoral, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, per sources informed of Smith’s situation.
Smith joined the from Oakland this offseason on a hefty five-year, $26.5 million deal with $13 million in guaranteed money. The former MVP will now sit out the first year of that contract.
The absence of Smith in a crowded San Francisco linebacking room opens the door — if it wasn’t already broken down — for rookie LB , who has been showing out in the early goings of training camp. Expect Foster to start the season in Smith’s stead next to and .