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.

76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot


76ers anthem singer says 'We Matter' shirt got her the boot

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia 76ers national anthem singer Sevyn Streeter says she was told by the team she could not perform because of her "We Matter" jersey.

She was scheduled to sing before the Sixers' season opener Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Streeter wrote on Twitter, "Was suppose to sing the anthem at @sixers & @okcthunder game but mins b4 @sixers said I couldn't because I was wearing a "We Matter" jersey.

The Sixers declined to say why Streeter's performance was canceled.

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community," the Sixers said in a statement.

The Sixers had a member of their dance team sing the anthem.

This isn't the first time the Sixers were dragged into a national anthem controversy.

A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami did so while kneeling at midcourt.

Denasia Lawrence opened her jacket just before she started to sing, revealing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt, then dropped to her left knee and performed the song. She said it was her way of protesting racial oppression.

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand while it is played. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports - and many levels, from youth all the way to professional - have followed his lead in various ways.

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Pederson refutes reports linking Eagles to 49ers WR Smith

Torrey SmithAlshon Jeffery?

Not happening, according to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson.

While a couple reports have linked the Eagles to making a trade before the fast-approaching deadline to grab another veteran outside receiver, Pederson shot them down at his Wednesday press conference.

“There’s no legitimacy to that,” Pederson said. “And I’m thrilled with the guys we have and going to work with them every day.”

[MAIOCCO: Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith]

The Eagles made a trade before the season to acquire Dorial Green-Beckham from the Titans, but the team’s receivers still haven’t been great during the first six games of the 2016 season.

They also went out and claimed Bryce Treggs after the 49ers waived him at final cuts, but the speedy wideout hasn’t yet been active.