Smith sustained concussion on sneak


Smith sustained concussion on sneak


SAN FRANCISCO -- After successfully converting a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak, Alex Smith remained in the game for six more plays.

He completed three short passes, including a 14-yard catch-and-run by Michael Crabtree for a touchdown. Then, he reported blurred vision on the sideline just before he was about to re-enter the game, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Smith did not return to the playing field in the 49ers' 24-24 tie against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. He will be required to go through the typical NFL-mandated protocol to be cleared to play next Monday night against the Chicago Bears.

"From what I've been told by the doctors and the trainers it seems like it was the quarterback sneak," Harbaugh said.

Smith also took a big hit from Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar at the beginning of Smith's final drive. But it was after the quarterback sneak, during which Smith buried his head into the pile to pick up the necessary yardage, that Smith first complained of concussion symptoms.

"He said he had the blurred vision after the quarterback sneak," Harbaugh said. "There's no telling. Did that earlier hit contribute? I don't know. I don't know Alex knows for sure, either."

When the 49ers took the field for their next series, Colin Kaepernick entered the game.

When asked if Smith's injury took something out of the 49ers, left tackle Joe Staley said, "I mean, that's our starting quarterback. That's our guy. Any time your starting quarterback goes down, it stinks a little bit. But we have a lot of confidence in Kaep. He takes reps in practice and he knows this offense."

Smith completed 7 of 8 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Kaepernick completed 11 of 17 passes for 117 yards. He also ran eight times for 66 yards.

The 49ers did not have a No. 3 quarterback in uniform. Scott Tolzien is the 49ers' third quarterback but he was declared one of the team's seven inactive players.

Nobody seemed to know who would've entered at quarterback if a replacement were needed for Kaepernick. Crabtree, who played quarterback at David W. Carter High School in Dallas, said he "hopes" he would've gotten the call, if needed.

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."