Alex Smith threw for 303 yards on Sunday and led the 49ers to a franchise-record 621 offensive yards in a performance that could be described as raising a big middle finger to all those who have doubted his ability to lead a winning team.
That’s figurative, of course, and it’s a good thing because Smith actually hurt his middle finger during the 45-3 romp over the Bills. Smith had x-rays on the middle finger of his right hand after the game came to a close, something that had the potential to but a dark cloud over an otherwise wonderful day for the team.
It looks like the skies are still relatively clear. Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports that Smith said he suffered a sprain of the finger on his final pass of the game in the fourth quarter. There wasn’t much sign that something was wrong with Smith at the time since the wide margin on the scoreboard made it easy to think that Colin Kaepernick was just in to run out the clock.
There’s no word about the chances of Smith missing next week’s showdown with the Giants, but there doesn’t seem to be much concern about the condition of the 49ers quarterback. That’s a good thing since the rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game has the makings of one of the best on the schedule in Week Six or any other week.