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Alex Smith cleared for non-contact work

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Whether it was the first opinion, second opinion or one somewhere further down the line, 49ers quarterback Alex Smith got the clearance he needed on Wednesday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that Smith passed his first round of concussion tests and Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group passes along word that the quarterback was at Wednesday’s practice wearing a black jersey denoting his status as a non-contact participant. Smith will still have to pass more tests over the rest of the week before he’s given the green light to play against the Bears on Monday night, but this is certainly a step in the right direction.

Smith took a pair of shots to the head in a short period of time against the Rams. He was hit from behind by linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and then took another shot when he dove into a pile on a fourth and one play. Smith remained in the game long enough to throw a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree before being replaced by Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick would start if Smith is unable to go on Monday night, but, as of now, it looks like Smith will be in the lineup.

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9 Responses to “Alex Smith cleared for non-contact work”
  1. larryboodry says: Nov 14, 2012 6:17 PM

    Good news for Smith, still feel he and Cutler would be better off sitting out a week.

  2. redzona says: Nov 14, 2012 6:18 PM

    Didn’t know the guys in red are allowed contact at practice anyway??

  3. supremekingz says: Nov 14, 2012 7:23 PM

    Yes! Man we need Alex back. Kaep is good as a fill in, but I’d hate to see him once a team gameplans for him specifically. Kaep needs touch as accuracy on his short passes. And I’m not saying Alex Smith is the best QB in the league, but he’s the best on our roster and gives us the best chance to win

  4. sixjak says: Nov 14, 2012 7:47 PM

    True CHI would have a week to game plan for Kaep but conversely Kaep would have a week to prepare for them and the game in general.

    That said however I much prefer Smith’s ability to protect the ball and keep the risk of turnovers low going into the CHI game. I believe he gives us the best chance to win.

  5. realninerfan22 says: Nov 14, 2012 8:10 PM

    Alex smith has been playn great ball this year. Top 5 qbr, 100 passer rating while completing 70 percent of his passes. 13 td only 5 picks. Alex and Crabtree connection has been great this year. You haters are running out of material

  6. cletusvandam says: Nov 15, 2012 2:44 AM

    Thank goodness! I mean who else could they find to throw all those 5 yard check downs if Alex Smith didn’t play.

  7. joetoronto says: Nov 15, 2012 4:01 AM

    Alex Smith is 30th in the NFL in passing yards per game. He’s ahead of Blaine Gabbert though.

    Yup, he’s having a great season alright.

    SMH.

  8. 49erstim says: Nov 15, 2012 6:29 AM

    Alex gives SF their best shot at winning, but I don’t wanna see him rush back. Same with Cutler.

  9. larryboodry says: Nov 15, 2012 1:24 PM

    cletusvandam says: Nov 15, 2012 2:44 AM

    “Thank goodness! I mean who else could they find to throw all those 5 yard check downs if Alex Smith didn’t play.”

    Jason Campbell will be happy to oblige when the Bears have the ball.

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