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September 7, 2008
Smith: Course of action will be determined tomorrow

Just had a brief, group Q&A with Alex Smith, whose right arm was in a sling. Here's what he had to say about his recent shoulder injury:

Q: Do you know how it happened?
A: Yeah, I was just throwing. It was non-contact.

Q: Did you feel it?
A: Yeah, it was kind of gradual then I defenitely felt something on a throw ...

Q: Was it a big throw?
A: Yeah, I let a ball go and felt it

Q: Were you able to throw after that?
A: I tried a little but it was definitely painful.

Q: Was there a stress fracture already in that area?
A: Potentially. they're trying to figure that out. That's the goal. Hopefully the films get down to Dr. Andrews tomorrow and they'll talk and see what's what.

Q: Could the fracture originally have occurred on that hit by Rocky Bernard?
A: No, no because the films ... something would have come up before then. So, as far as I know, no.

Q: Will you visit Andrews?
A: No,I'm not planning on going down there. They're going to send the films down and do it like that. But as of now I'm not going down there.

Q: Is this a season-ending injury?
A: We should find out tomorrow. That's the goal. They're going to talk, so ...

Q: Is surgery an option?
A: They're potentially talking about it. Don't know anything definitive right now. SHould find out tomorrow exactly what the plan is.

Q: Is this something that could have been there all along?
A: No, I think it was gradual. I think that's what they're thinking. Stil trying to figure it out.

Q: Any pain in any of your recent long throws?
A: I've had some soreness recently, but nothing like this.

-- Matt 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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