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October 4, 2007
Thursday shoulder update

After a talk with noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews this morning, Alex Smith is encouraged that he might be able to start throwing again next week and begin practicing in two weeks. A Grade 3 shoulder separation is no small injury, but Smith’s appears to be better than most because the muscles around the separation kept everything in place. In fact, Smith’s shoulders looked normal to the naked eye today and he said the injury wasn’t expected to leave him with any physical deformity, which is not always the case with a Grade 3 separation. Right now, Smith continues to have his right arm in a sling and is continually icing down the shoulder in an effort to reduce the swelling. Smith’s goal is to make it back for the Oct. 21 game against the New York Giants.



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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