Justin Smith has a 'love-hate relationship' with his arm brace, not worried about triceps

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith reports that there are no setbacks to his torn triceps injury after last week's showdown with the Green Bay Packers.

In an effort to get him out there for the playoffs, the 49ers medical staff fitted him with a black arm brace.

"It's a love-hate relationship right now," Smith said of the brace, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. "It's doing its job. It felt pretty strong."

I just slapped it on there; I figured they'd put me in the best one they could and it's done its job."

Head Coach Jim Harbaugh says Smith is somewhere in the 90% range performance-wise due to the triceps, adding that "He felt good. He was real upbeat after the game."

That's good news for Smith, who says that this year feels a little different than last year. "I didn't feel the same 'Oh we did it' after the Packers game, and we beat a heck of a team in the Packers," he said. "The whole team senses there's more to it than that game (Saturday). We're better prepared to handle it and know what's in front of it."

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