Niners officially scratch Alex Smith

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It’s official.

49ers quarterback Alex Smith won’t play on Monday night against the Bears.

The team announced the decision on Monday, explaining that the team’s medical director and concussion expert, Dr. Dan Garza, made the determination.

It’s still unclear whether Smith reported concussion symptoms, or whether he failed the team’s “contact” test.  The 49ers use the “contact” test for every player who has suffered a concussion (contrary to a recent report that one player wasn’t required to pass a “contact” test), subjecting the player to simulated game contact to the head and monitoring him for symptoms in lieu of securing clearance and then having the player suffer concussion symptoms in a game.

Some other team’s use the “contact” test, but it’s not required.  In this case, the end result of the team’s analysis is that Smith will be required to not play.

18 responses to “Niners officially scratch Alex Smith

  1. Smart move. Will need him against the Saints next week.

    This is going to be a defensive slug fest tonight. Hopefully Kap can make a few big plays to pull out a 13-7 victory.

    Go Niners!

  2. “…the team’s medical director and concussion expert, Dr. Dan Garza, made the determination.”

    That Dr. Garza is such a nice guy. I bet he gets an especially nice gift from his cousin Roberto this Christmas.

  3. After tonight Alex Smith might never take another snap for the 49ers…I think this is bs and Harbaugh is using this for his transition period..

  4. As a Bears fan I was hoping he would not play. But for the same reason I was hoping Cutler would not play. It’s one game in the middle of the season. I would rather see both QB’s still playing at the end of the season and rest of their careers. Rather then come back to soon and take a shot to the head that ends it all.

  5. You could start Ryan Leaf at QB for the niners, and with or without Cutler, the Bears would lose.

  6. thetokyosandblaster says:
    Nov 19, 2012 2:55 PM
    You could start Ryan Leaf at QB for the niners, and with or without Cutler, the Bears would lose.

    Two Ryan Leaf references in 10 minutes.

    I guess between burglarizing homes for pain killers and stints in prison and rehab, Ryan still finds the time to try and get his name out there somehow.

    We’re all praying for you, Ryan!

  7. Terrible week to start a back-up QB. Lots of people complain about the starting QB, but now that he’s down with a concussion people might miss him. This D has all-pro LB’s and doesn’t give up a lot of points. They also run the ball well. ______ will win for sure.

  8. Anyone who thinks this will spark a QB controversy in SF hasn’t watched the 49ers play the last two seasons. “Alex the game manager” is a thing of the past. But in case you need proof, here’s what he’s done the last season and a half:

    19 wins, 5 losses. 461 comp 730 att for 5,370 yards and a 63% comp rate. 35 TD’s and just 10 Int. That’s a 94.5 QB rating.

    He’s no longer just a game manager. Get used to it.

  9. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 18, 2012 9:56 AM

    “Actually, if I had to make comparisons, Jay is more like Ryan Leaf…”

    You knew I’d be responding, didn’t you?

    Leaf – Appeared in 25 games over 3 seasons, 4-17 record as a starter…48.4% Completion Rate…50.0 QB rating…3,666 career yds., 146.6 pg average…14 TDs, 36 INTs. Currently in prison on felony drug charges.

    Cutler – Appeared in 87 games, all as a starter, over 6+ seasons, 48-39 record…61% Completion Rate…84.1 QB rating…20,097 career yds., 231 pg average…129 TDs, 96 INTs (63 of which came in his first 4 seasons, only 33 in 34 starts since, less than 1 pg avg., and a marked improvement)…Currently still playing, married to Kristin Cavallari and dad to a newborn son.

    Yeah…Scary how much alike they are.

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