Alex Smith: 'I feel good'

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Alex Smith: 'I feel good'

SANTA CLARA -- Alex Smith spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a concussion Sunday against the St. Louis Rams. He has been cleared for limited practice.

"I feel good. It's better," Smith said.

What's your status?
"Just going along with the process right now. Nothing has been decided. It's a long process. It's up to the doctors. But I'm just doing what they're telling me and moving along."

Obviously, you've been cleared for on-field activity. What enabled you to get on the field today?
"They have their certain tests. You meet with the neurologist. Impact test, and stuff like that. And depending how you do, and symptoms, the next step is out there, physical activity."

What's an impact test?
"It's our baseline test that we take."

Did you see multiple neurologists?
"No, I only saw the neurologist up here at Stanford."

Did you take part in full practice?
"Contact, obviously, is the final straw. But I was able to go out there today. I had the black jersey on, which is a little redundant, seeings as how we don't get hit in practice. But I feel good out there."

What did you feel and how did you know it was a pretty good hit and you needed to be looked at?
"It's tough to describe. For me, the vision was the biggest thing, for sure. (I've) taken a lot of hits over the years, and all of a sudden to try to play quarterback and your vision is not what it should be is difficult. And for me ultimately it did not get better. It was like one of these things I could blink off and my focus was returning. In fact, I went on the sideline and sat down and it seemed to continue to get worse. It wasn't getting better. Ultimately, I didn't feel it was good for me or more importantly it was not good for the team to go out there. I didn't feel like I could help us much."

When did your vision get better?
"After the game."

Were you able to drive right away?
"I think I could've, but I didn't drive home, though."

We all saw the Jo-Lonn Dunbar hit. Do you think that hit contributed?
"That's a great question. It's all kind of speculation. It certainly didn't help. It certainly, yeah, talking to the neurologist, yeah, it probably contributed for sure. Whether it loosens you up and primes you for the next one that's not as big, don't know. I felt fine after that, though. I definitely know I took a big hit. But vision was fine. The sneak was definitely when I came up and my eyesight, kind of first gone wrong.

"I tried to blink that one off and thought it might go away and played the four of five plays after that. That series ends and I come off to the sideline and tried to collect myself and see what's what. And it continued to get worse and worse. That's when I got evaluated."

How do you feel this week compared to last week at this time?
"The same. Totally the same."

When you say you went to Stanford, was that Dr. Daniel Garza (team physician who is on the Stanford staff)?
"No, no. Separate neurologist up there, independent of the team."

Were there other symptoms that were concerning to you?
"Nothing with the memory. Definite headache, nausea, stuff like that after. But no memory loss."

"I feel good. I felt good today. Everything I've kind of gone through, I feel good. It's not up to me, though. It's a better question for the doctors. They have a lot of stuff they're looking at. I'm not really sure what my answers are going to tell them. They're checking my symptoms."

Is it safe to say you're not concerned?
"At this point, I feel like it's early. I feel it's early in the week. We got some days to make a decision. I feel good though."

If if were up to you and the game was tomorrow, do you feel like you could play?
"It's kind of a pointless question. It's not up to me. I feel good. Like I said, I felt like I could go out there today and was fine."

Did they tell you when they are going to make the decision?
"No."

Were these symptoms similar to what you experienced last year after the Dallas game?
"More severe. Similar in the sense that it was my vision. Last year, was not even close to this, though, I felt like. Like I said, last year I didn't think it was anything. It was new, but I really felt like I could continue to play and it wasn't anything . . . I didn't even know to report, I guess. This year, for sure, I felt like I couldn't go out there and play."

For a young player, it's always, "Coach, put me back in the game." Is it tough decision to report a problem and keep your future in mind?
"To be honest, it's not so much that. I think that's the way you should be thinking, but for me ultimately, it's tough to play quarterback without your eyes, when you can't see and see well. It's 22 guys screaming around out there. You see bits and pieces of things and flashes of things and those all help you make decisions. All of a sudden it was a bunch of stuff out there that I couldn't make out. And I just felt I couldn't help the team."

How did you complete three passes in a row after that?
"That's a great question. I have no idea. I mean, it wasn't like I was blind. I don't want to make it seem like that. But I certainly didn't feel like I should go back out there. And I didn't think it was going to continue. I was very concerned I'd go back out there and hurt us. I didn't think it would continue down the road."

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

PHOENIX – Free-agent running back DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the 49ers, his agent said.

Harris, 28, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He rushed for 138 yards on 38 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 115 yards.

Harris has also seen time with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle in his four-year NFL career.

The 49ers did not tender Harris as a restricted free agent, but agent Andy Simms revealed his client will re-sign with the 49ers via Twitter. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Chris Jones are the only other free agents the 49ers have re-signed.

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.

“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.

Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.

Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.

"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."