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                    === Justin Smith uncertain for 49ers ===
 
 Santa  Clara, CA  (Sports Network)  -  San Francisco  49ers defensive  lineman
 Justin  Smith  hasn't missed a game  in 11 years,  but that streak could be in
 jeopardy this coming weekend.
 
 The  three-time  Pro Bowl  selection sat  out a  third consecutive practice on
 Friday  with an  elbow injury,  with the  Niners officially  listing Smith  as
 questionable for Sunday's pivotal NFC West showdown at Seattle.
 
 Smith exited last weekend's 41-34 win at New England in the second half due to
 the  injury. According  to Comcast  SportsNet  Bay Area,  the usually  durable
 veteran was initially tagged as doubtful before being switched to questionable
 on the final report, but still figures to be a game-time decision come Sunday.
 
 The  33-year-old enters  Sunday's  matchup having  played  in 189  consecutive
 regular-season  contests.  The only game Smith  has sat out during his 12-year
 career  was the opener of his rookie season of 2001, and that was because of a
 contract holdout with the Cincinnati Bengals.
 
 If  Smith is  unable to go on Sunday, fourth-year reserve Ricky Francois would
 step into his place.
 
 San  Francisco's  lone injury concern  on the  offensive side is wide receiver
 Mario  Manningham, who's  been inactive  the last  two weeks  with a  shoulder
 problem.  The offseason acquisition is also questionable to face the Seahawks,
 though he's been able to practice on a limited basis throughout the week.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 12/21 18:42:07 ET

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