Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports activities / Reuters

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Malcolm Smith will miss all the 2017 season after struggling a torn pectoral in coaching camp, NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport stories, citing sources.

An skilled veteran accustomed to San Francisco’s new defensive scheme, Smith landed a 5-yr, $26.5-million deal to hitch the 49ers as a free agent again in March.

The large-cash deal put the previous Tremendous Bowl MVP in line to start out on the weak aspect, however he’ll now spend his whole first season with the 49ers working by way of an damage rehab.

That presumably clears a path for first-spherical rookie Reuben Foster to right away tackle a big beginning position alongside longtime defensive chief NaVorro Bowman.

Foster, a former Alabama standout, was extensively thought-about a prime-10 expertise heading into this yr’s draft. Considerations over the well being of his shoulder pushed him down boards across the league, although, and the 49ers have been capable of commerce again into the top of the primary spherical and scoop him up at No. 31 general.