After a four-year stint with the Seattle Seahawks that saw Malcolm Smith named Superbowl MVP and two years with the Oakland Raiders, Smith signed a 5-year $26.5 million dollar contract with the San Francisco 49ers this past offseason. The first season of that deal may be over before it began.
Smith suffered what is being described as a serious chest injury during the 49ers training camp practice on Saturday. San Francisco Head Coach Kyle Shanahan described the injury as “could be long term.”
The team will have to wait for MRI results to know the full extent of the injury. Shanahan did leave the door open for the possibility Smith could return stating “We're still holding out they can help us this year” during his after practice press conference.
Giving Smith a five-year deal certainly makes it seem like the 49ers had high expectations of Malcolm Smith. After two up and down seasons with the Silver and Black, Smith was most likely looking forward to a fresh start across the Bay. With any luck he will make it back and get that opportunity.
Update: The MRI came back and Smith has a torn pectoral muscle. He’s done for the season according to Ian Rapoport.