Alex Smith Injury: Updates on 49ers QB's Head Injury

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer INovember 11, 2012

An injury was the only thing that was going to stop Alex Smith’s hot streak.

That’s exactly what went down as the San Francisco 49ers quarterback was sent to the sideline on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. The franchise’s official Twitter account reported the news late in the second quarter:

Alex Smith is out for the remainder of the game with a concussion.

— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 11, 2012

UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 3:05 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Alex Smith is not among the 49ers ruled inactive for this week's game against the New Orleans Saints. 

The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch reported the players who will not suit up for today's matchup. 

#49ers inactives: QB Tolzien, WR Jenkins, RB James, S Robinson, DT/FB Tukuafu, G Looney, DT Williams.

— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) November 25, 2012

Smith will be available, but head coach Jim Harbuagh has remained secretive over who will be the starter. 

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Sunday, November 25 at 9:28 a.m. ET

NFL's Albert Breer supports Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter's earlier-week report that the 49ers will start Colin Kaepernick instead of Alex Smith today against the Saints.

As @si_jimtrotter reported earlier in the week ... The 49ers will start Colin Kaepernick at quarterback today at the Superdome, per source.

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 25, 2012

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Wednesday, November 21 at 1:00 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh believes that QB Alex Smith will be cleared to return from his concussion (suffered in Week 10) in time for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

According to Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, Harbaugh was on the Murph and Mac radio program and informed listeners that while Smith hasn't been cleared yet, he expects him to in the near future.

It looks like he will be (cleared) before the week is out," Harbaugh said on KNBR radio. "But not as of now. I'm sure he will be."

The 49ers are gearing up to play the Saints at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, so check back on B/R for the latest updates and breaking news on Smith's status.


UPDATE: Monday, November 19, 1:30 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

The San Francisco 49ers official website is reporting that starting quarterback Alex Smith will miss Monday’s game after suffering a concussion in Week 10, and backup Colin Kaepernick will get the nod.

The team has issued the following statement:

“Alex Smith has been declared out for this evening’s game after being evaluated by team medical director Dr. Dan Garza.”

With Smith out, second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick will make his first career start.

This was expected for most of the week, and the 49ers are in a good position in the NFC West to be safe with Smith’s condition.

San Francisco will need him come playoff time, so giving the young star sufficient time to overcome the concussion issues is imperative.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 19 at 8:55 a.m. ET

Alex Smith reportedly won't play in tonight's Monday Night Football matchup against the Chicago Bears, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen:

Alex Smith will not play tonight for 49ers, unable to get clearance from neurologist after suffering concussion last week, per sources.

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 19, 2012

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4:22 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Eric Branch, Smith is likely to play on Monday versus the Chicago Bears:

For the fourth straight day, Alex Smith remains in a non-contact black jersey during practice, but all signs point to the 49ers quarterback starting Monday against the Bears after he sustained a concussion last week.

It looks like all systems go on Monday for the 49ers quarterback, but it's still worth keeping an eye on things until game time arrives.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has the latest on Smith's status, which 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is still uncertain about: 

Harbaugh wouldn't commit to Alex Smith being his starting QB Monday night, said team is going thru process.

— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) November 16, 2012

Monday night's key game agianst the Chicago Bears could turn into a QB battle between Jason Campbell and Niners' QB Colin Kaepernick, who would be making his first career start.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 9:40 a.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

ESPN's Ed Werder has the latest on Smith's status, and it seems at least somewhat encouraging for 49er fans:

I'm told that QB Alex Smith progressing well following concussion and team likely to decide today _ at least internally _ his status

— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) November 16, 2012

The Niners could use Smith's veteran presence against the tenacious Chicago Bears defense in Week 11's edition of Monday Night Football. But leaving a bit of mystery surrounding Smith's progression from the concussion will likely force the Bears to prepare for both Smith and dynamic second-year QB Colin Kaepernick.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 15 at 5:30 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Bad news for Niners fans in the quarterback department today, as Alex Smith was still limited to no-contact in practice, according to a report from Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee:

Alex Smith still in a black, no-contact jersey at the start of #49ers practice.

— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) November 15, 2012

While no decision has been made on Smith's status for this week, his being limited in practice again is not a good sign. Head coach Jim Harbaugh is definitely not going to rush the quarterback into taking hits before he has to. In other words, stay tuned, as it's unclear whether the concussed QB will take the field for the Niners this week. 

UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 5:10 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Alex Smith should be ready to go for San Francisco's Monday night battle with the Chicago Bears (via ESPN):

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a concussion Sunday against theSt. Louis Rams, has passed concussion tests this week and is on track to start Monday night against the Chicago Bears, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

For the time being, the Colin Kaepernick experiment is over. We'll have to wait for another time to see what the dynamic rookie can do in a full-time role.

Still, the Niners will undoubtedly be looking forward to getting their veteran signal caller back. 

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Monday, November 12 at 3:26 p.m. ET

Good news for San Francisco 49ers fans as QB Alex Smith (concussion) is feeling better today, according to Bay Area News Group's Cam Inman per head coach Jim Harbaugh:

#49ers QB Alex Smith doing much better, slept well, concussion symptoms were OK today, Jim Harbaugh reported

— Cam Inman (@CamInman) November 12, 2012

---End of Update---

Before Smith was forced out, he had completed seven of eight passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. In his previous game versus the Arizona Cardinals, he attempted 19 passes and connected on a staggering 18 of them for 232 yards and three touchdowns.

After an embarrassing 26-3 loss to the New York Giants (and 24-13 upset to the Minnesota Vikings), fingers began to point in Smith’s direction as the weak link on the 49ers. San Francisco’s strengths were obviously its defense and running game. Smith was the easy scapegoat.

Recently, though, he’s been playing out of his mind and, all of a sudden, is arguably the team’s most valuable player. And no matter how much the 49ers are able to physically abuse their opponents, they won’t be legitimate championship contenders without a competent quarterback under center.

They can’t afford to lose him for a lengthened period of time.

While San Francisco spent a high draft pick on Colin Kaepernick, he’s shown absolutely nothing that would lead you to believe he’s capable of leading a team to a postseason victory. Smith has proven that he possesses the ability to do just that, and hopefully for the 49ers’ sake, his concussion is just minor.

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.


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