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September 9, 2008
Waiting on Dr. Andrews ...

Free-agent quarterback Jamie Martin has had his physical. But the 49ers are holding off on signing him until they figure out what to do with Alex Smith. And they can't make a decision on Smith until Dr. James Andrews examines the images of Smith's shoulder. Those images arrived in Birmingham, Ala. today. But I'm told that Andrews typically schedules his surgeries for Tuesdays and that he probably wouldn't get around to Smith's case until late in the day.

Smith fractured a bone in his throwing shoulder on Friday. If he needs to have surgery, the 49ers likely will place him on injured reserve and sign Martin. If Andrews decides on a less drastic course of action, Martin might not be needed as long or at all. Hence the waiting ...

-- 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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