Smith undergoes surgery for torn labrum

Smith undergoes surgery for torn labrum
March 15, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Aldon Smith appeared on the 49ers' injury report with an undisclosed shoulder injury for the Week 12 game against the New Orleans Saints. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Aldon Smith, the 49ers' single-season sack record-holder, underwent recent shoulder surgery, a source confirmed to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area on Friday.

The NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Smith underwent surgery a few weeks ago to repair a torn labrum.

"We don't discuss the particulars of injuries," a 49ers spokesman said.

Smith appeared on the 49ers' injury report with an undisclosed shoulder injury for the Week 12 game against the New Orleans Saints and every game the remainder of the season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl. He recorded 5.5 sacks the previous game against the Chicago Bears.

Smith recorded 4.5 sacks in the next three games after appearing on the injury report. He did not have any sacks in the final three regular-season games, a period of time that coincided with Justin Smith's absence with a partially torn triceps.

Aldon Smith finished the season with a team-record 19.5 sacks. His teammates voted him the winner of the Bill Walsh Award as the team MVP.

Smith told CSN Bay Area's Mindi Bach he had a shoulder strain a couple days after the 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

In late-February, Smith was working out with UFC Heavyweight Daniel Cormier and showing no signs of a shoulder injury. Smith's surgery was a result of the in-season football injury, not his MMA training, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Friday.

“I think taking it to that next level of physical,” Smith said after a training session three weeks ago. “Learning the other types of techniques you can use in football, because in football you use your hands and feet so much and they definitely do a lot in (MMA).”