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Justin Smith's likely return big factor for 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Even at less than full strength, Justin Smith's presence on the San Francisco defensive line is enough to instill plenty of fear in opposing offenses.

Or even his own teammates, for that matter. Running back Frank Gore endured his toughest training camp yet last summer while facing his defensive teammates each day - Smith, in particular.

"I'd take a 75 percent Justin ahead of anybody," Gore said Wednesday. "At 75-80 percent, he's better than anybody at his position. ... I'm not scared, haaa! But he's a beast, man."

Smith is expected to return to the …

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