Notes: Smith progressing, expected to start


Notes: Smith progressing, expected to start

SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Alex Smith earlier this week was cleared for practice after sustaining a concussion on Sunday. It's a clear indication he is likely to start for the 49ers on Monday night against the Chicago Bears.

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However, coach Jim Harbaugh on Friday did not announced Smith as his starter."(It) seems like things are progressing," Harbaugh said. "The same thing we've always said, again, it's in the doctors' hands and they'll evaluate him as the week goes. There seems to be some progress."We're still going through the process of that."When asked if Smith would again visit with a neurologist, Harbaugh said, "Yeah, it's part of the progression."The Chicago Bears on Friday announced Jay Cutler is out for the game due to a concussion. Veteran backup Jason Campbell is slated to start for the Bears.McDONALD FINED: Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was fined 21,000 for roughing the passer, the NFL announced Friday. McDonald, who was called for a penalty on the play, made helmet to helmet contact with St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.Safety Dashon Goldson was not fined for removing his helmet. And Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was not fined for what the league ruled was a legal helmet-to-helmet hit on Alex Smith. Smith was out of the pocket and did not go into a feet-first slide, so he was granted no special protection as a quarterback.MASIFILO SIGNED: Rookie defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo (Stanford) was signed off the 49ers' practice squad to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 53-man roster, he revealed Friday on Twitter. Players on the practice squad can be signed at any point to another team's active roster without compensation. Masifilo is the second player signed off the 49ers' practice squad this season. In September, the Indianapolis Colts signed wide receiver Nathan Palmer.

Reports: 49ers open to trading WR Torrey Smith, teams interested

Reports: 49ers open to trading WR Torrey Smith, teams interested

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is the subject of trade discussions, according to multiple reports.

The 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles have discussed a trade involving Smith, but a deal is not imminent, reports Pro Football Talk. ESPN reported that the 49ers are open to trading Smith and multiple teams have shown interest. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Coach Chip Kelly on Monday denied a report from PFT that left tackle Joe Staley was on the trade block. He was not asked about Smith’s status with the team.

“I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe is a veteran player, but it doesn’t matter where you are that’s going to be speculation no matter what team you are and where you are, who are your older players,” Kelly said about the Staley report. “It’s kind of the nature of the sport we play.”

Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Smith caught just 33 passes for 663 yards with four touchdowns in his first season with the club.

The 49ers last year signed Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract. He is signed through the 2019 season with scheduled base salaries of $6.5 million, along with roster and workout bonuses totaling $1.5 million in each of those seasons.

Eagles claim former 49ers DT off waivers

Eagles claim former 49ers DT off waivers

Taylor Hart is headed back to Philadelphia.

Just two days after the 49ers waived the defensive tackle, the Eagles claimed him on Monday. Philadelphia announced the Hart acquistion in a series of roster moves.

The 49ers originally got Hart when they claimed him off waivers from the Eagles on Sept. 5.

Hart was waived on Saturday when the 49ers promoted running back DuJuan Harris to the active roster.

The Eagles' 2014 fifth-round pick appeared in one game for the 49ers and made two tackles.