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.

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

SANTA CLARA – Left tackle Joe Staley, who has not missed a game since 2010, did not practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury.

The 49ers’ five-time Pro Bowl performer has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (152) have started more consecutive games.

Staley’s availability for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at Levi’s Stadium is in question after he was held out of practice on Thursday after going through the full workload on Wednesday.

If Staley is unable to play, the 49ers would likely move left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle and insert Andrew Tiller at left guard. Tiller started the first five games of the season at right guard before rookie Joshua Garnett took over.

Did not practice
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
Full participation
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Wednesday was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Although he didn't call out Colin Kaepernick by name, Admiral Harry B. Harris gave a speech that included a message intended for a certain group of athletes and/or entertainers.

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played."

Many of those in attendance gave the Admiral a standing ovation.

During the preseason, Kaepernick remained seated on the 49ers' team bench during the national anthem.

After sparking a national controversy, Kaepernick began kneeling as opposed to sitting.

After the 49ers' loss to the Bears on Sunday, Kaepernick said he will continue his demonstration moving forward.

"Today we have a precious opportunity to reflect -- to reflect on what it means to be a patriot, to reflect on what it means to be a nation tested by war, and to reflect on both the costs and the blessings of liberty," Admiral Harris added. "To America's World War II patriots here and watching at home -- we will never forget your courage under considerable fire and seemingly insurmountable odds.

"Because of you, our future remains bright. We owe you an immeasurable debt and we can't thank you enough for answering the call of duty when Lady Liberty needed it the most."