First-half hit concussed Smith


First-half hit concussed Smith

Quarterback Alex Smith most likely sustained his reported concussion in the first half of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. Smith played every snap in the 49ers' 27-24 overtime loss.A film review of the game revealed that Smith was knocked to the ground 11 times. Only once was he seen showing any effects from a hit to the head, and that came after the first play of the second quarter.
The 49ers had a screen pass set up to the right side on the play. Smith faked a pass to the left side, but when he turned back to the right side, Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer (254 pounds) was already in his face. Spencer quickly got inside of tight end Vernon Davis before Davis released into the pattern.With Smith's momentum going backward, Spencer -- and blitzing cornerback Alan Ball -- drove Smith hard into the turf. Smith's right shoulder and head appeared to hit the ground hard for a 9-yard sack. When Smith got back to his feet, he was seen shaking his head, as if he was trying to clear his mind.Two plays later, Smith absorbed another big hit while completing a 14-yard pass to Ted Ginn Jr. Defensive end Jason Hatcher, a 305-pounder, came through between left tackle Joe Staley and left guard Mike Iupati, who occupied blocking other Dallas players. Hatcher hit Smith high has he was releasing the pass and his right hand might have hit Smith's head. No penalty was called on the play.Smith took another big hit with 7:41 remaining in the first half while completing a 10-yard pass to Josh Morgan. Linebacker Victor Butler, a 246-pounder working against right tackle Anthony Davis, delivered a hit to the chest of Smith, who was rolling right. Smith was knocked hard to the ground, landing on his right shoulder area.Although Smith was sacked four times and tackled twice after scrambling in the second half, he did not appear to sustain any additional hits to his head.

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured


49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.

The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.

General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.

“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”

Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.

DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.