Smith goes through NFL concussion protocol

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Smith goes through NFL concussion protocol

Programming note: Randy Moss: Hometown debuts tonight on SportsNet Central at 6 & 10:30 p.m., only on Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area! SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Alex Smith spent Monday and Tuesday -- the 49ers' days off -- going through the NFL-mandated protocol in order to be cleared to return to football activity after sustaining a concussion on Sunday.

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As part of the stricter policy the NFL adopted in 2009, Smith -- and all players who sustain reported concussions -- must received two clearances: from the team physician, as well as an independent neurologist.The policy reads:"Once removed for the duration of a practice or game, the player should not be considered for return-to-football activities until he is fully asymptomatic, both at rest and after exertion, has a normal neurological examination, normal neuropsychological testing, and has been cleared to return by both his team physician(s) and the independent neurological consultant."RELATED: Smith getting second opinion on head injury
The 49ers are scheduled to practice Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. It is unknown at this time what Smith's level of involvement will be in the 49ers' first day of on-field preparation before facing the Chicago Bears on Monday night.Earlier this month, 49ers owner Dr. John York, the chair of the NFL Owners Committee on Health and Safety, attended the Fourth International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport in Zurich, Switzerland.Dr. Daniel Garza, the 49ers' team medical director, attended the conference with Dr. York. Garcia is one of the leading authorities on concussions at Stanford Hospital.

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."