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November 18, 2007
Smith to be examined by Dr. Andrews

Alex Smith said he planned to fly to Birmingham, Ala. Monday after team meetings to meet with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews the following day.
Smith has used Andrews as a consultant ever since separating his shoulder Sept. 30. Andrews has received MRI results from the 49ers but has not yet examined Smith in person.
Andrews will look at both Smith’s shoulder and his right forearm, which became badly enervated as Smith began rehabilitating the shoulder in mid October. Smith was preparing to return to action for the 49ers’ Oct. 21 game against the New York Giants but was set back when the muscles in his forearm began spasming. The problem has not gone away and has affected Smith’s grip on the football as well as his accuracy.
The 49ers have said that Smith is dealing with a strain. Smith is seeking a more definitive diagnosis from Andrews.


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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