Apparently,49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has dodged another bullet, this time just daysbefore the 49ers home opener with the Lions.MattBarrows of the Sacramento Bee first reported Smith was involved in a one-car wrecknear his home in San Joseon Friday night.The49ers second-year player was the passenger in a car when itswerved to avoid a deer and ended up on its side down an embankment at 11:45 p.m.The accident occurred in unincorporated Santa Clara County,near Smiths home.Accordingto the report, the CHP said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Smith wastreated at Stanford Hospital for a cut above aneye that required stitches, but the driver of the car wasnt as lucky. He was transportedto San Jose Regional Medical Center for what the CHPdescribed as a broken back.Thisis the third troubling incident for Smith this year. Smith was charged with aDUI in Miami Beachin January, and was stabbed at his home after an altercation during a party inlate June.Despitethe eye injury, Smith was effective on Sunday night against Detroit. He played every snap and wascredited with seven tackles, one sack, a tackle for loss, and a quarterback hit inthe 49ers 27-19 win.
Frank Gore continues to move up the list of the top rushers in NFL history.
Gore, the 49ers’ all-time leading ground-gainer, picked up 79 yards on 20 rushing attempts Monday night in the Indianapolis Colts’ 41-10 victory over the New York Jets.
Gore moved past Tony Dorsett and into eighth place on the NFL’s all-time list with 12,789 yards. Next up is Eric Dickerson at No. 7 with 13,259 yards.
The only retired player in the top 11 all-time rushers who is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is LaDainian Tomlinson. He is eligible for the induction for the first time in 2017. The only other running back in the top 15 who is not in the Hall of Fame is Edgerrin James at No. 12.
In 10 seasons with the 49ers, Gore gained a club-record 11,073 yards. In 28 games with the Colts, Gore has 1,716 yards.
After coming up just 33 yards short of the 1,000-yard mark in his first year in Indianapolis, Gore needs 251 yards in the final four games for the ninth 1,000-yard season of his 12-year career.
RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.
Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that further examination determined Thomas' fractured left tibia will require a recovery time that does not allow for the possibility of a return during the 2016 season. Carroll said after Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina that Thomas' injury usually takes a minimum of six weeks of recovery time.
It's the first major injury of Thomas' career. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury. He quickly recovered to play against the Panthers, but was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception.