SEATTLE (AP) The San Francisco 49ers will be without defensive tackle Justin Smith because of an elbow injury, ending his streak of consecutive starts at 185.
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Others struggle to stay in the mix: try the Steelers, Bengals, Giants and Bears.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois has been preparing all week to start in place of All-Pro Justin Smith on the NFL's second-ranked defense.