Nobody had said anything negative about Alex Smith in a while. He was playing extremely well, the San Francisco 49ers were winning and all was well.
Sorry, Alex. The world is often a cruel place.
After starting out the game against the St. Louis Rams by completing seven of eight passes with a score, he suffered a concussion.
Alex Smith is out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 11, 2012
As you can see, he didn't come back, allowing Colin Kaepernick a chance to get some work in.
What does this mean for the Niners and, probably more importantly, your fantasy team? Let's take a look.
What It Means for the 49ers
Colin Kaepernick is not going to become the starter. It's just not going to happen.
Smith has done nothing to open the door for Kaepernick, and Kaepernick hasn't done anything to warrant that discussion. The offense takes a rather large step back when the backup is in the game because he is not able to make the throws that Smith can.
Yes, Kaepernick can run, but that just means he's a good change-of-pace player like Brad Smith was with the New York Jets. He isn't incredibly accurate and surely doesn't understand the nuances of reading defenses and adjusting protection the way that Smith does.
So what does it mean for the Niners? Just that they will struggle offensively for a game or two depending on how long Smith is out.
What It Means for Your Fantasy Team
Not that we will delight in anyone's injury, but there is good news for Frank Gore or Kendall Hunter owners. Both players' stock will increase, as San Francisco will become even more reliant on the run until Smith returns.
If you own a San Francisco receiver, I'd seriously consider other options if you have any decent ones. Kaepernick is not going to throw the ball very well down the field and isn't nearly as adept at setting up yards after the catch.
As for Smith owners, it shouldn't be too long before he is back. He doesn't have a significant concussion history, but I'd have a backup plan in place for next week.