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Old 08-29-2009, 12:31 AM   #12
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Default Marvel Smith to retire?

Good luck Marvel - he left the game with 2 nice SB rings.

Tackle Marvel Smith's signing in the off-season was a sign of the team's desire to add stability to a very shaky offensive line. Smith might not be around to see that development.

According to Matt Maiocco's Twitter, the nine-year veteran was excused from practice today for personal reasons. He will not be joining the team in Dallas this weekend for their first road game of the preseason.

Maiocco hints that it doesn't look likely that Smith will be able to play this season and a retirement is a possibility.

Smith has been worked slowly into the practices in recent weeks, but none of it was was to the point where it was believable that he was going to be playing full-time.

The 49ers have been fortunate to have the services of Adam Snyder who has filled in for Smith. Snyder will enter the season as the team's starting right tackle.

If Smith does retire, that gives veteran Barry Sims and rookie Alex Boone a chance to make an impact this weekend. Snyder is not expected to play with a knee injury.

The one thing the 49ers want to accomplish this weekend is to have as many players healthy for the regular season. Now with Shaun Hill under center as the starting quarterback, it might be a half of football for the starters. The team has looked great in providing a strong offensive line, so Smith's potential departure won't be a major hit to the team.

His veteran experience (especially the Super Bowl experience), however, was something that I thought the team would have definitely benefitted from.
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