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December 11, 2007
Smith to head to Birmingham for surgery

Alex Smith will have surgery on Thursday and noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews will perform the procedure. The recovery period is 10 to 12 weeks, meaning that if all goes well Smith should be throwing again by the time the 49ers begin their spring minicamps. Will he be making those throws in a 49ers’ uniform? Wow. It’s a question that would have seemed absurd six months ago but one that is now very real. I’ll have lots more on the uneasy relationship between Mike Nolan and Alex Smith and the Yorks’ big, big decision later today …


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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