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September 21, 2011
Alex Smith suffered a concussion against Dallas

It turns out that Tony Romo wasn't the only quarterback who played with an injury in Sunday's 49ers-Cowboys game. Alex Smith, it was revealed today, suffered a concussion at some point during the game.

According to the 49ers, Smith showed no signs of a concussion during the game and reported symptoms afterward. He was checked out and determined to have suffered a concussion. Under new league rules designed to protect concussed players, Smith had to pass a neurological examination and be cleared by both his team and an independent neurological consultant before returning to practice.

He did so and practiced in full today. Another injured 49er, cornerback Tramaine Brock (hand) also practiced in full. Michael Crabtree (foot) was limited while Braylon Edwards (knee) and Moran Norris (fibula) did not practice. For Cincinnati, safety Taylor Mays (knee) practiced in full.

Smith was sacked six times by the Cowboys, but the biggest hit he absorbed may have come when he was tackled by a Cowboys defender as he threw a completion in the first half.

"Tough son of a gun," Harbaugh said Wednesday before Smith's concussion became public. "He was making some big-time plays. I think we talked about it after each of these games, definitely watch the tape and see the same thing. Pleased with the way Alex is playing and we definitely want to play better. He wants to, we want to, and that goes for all positions on the offensive side of the ball, and include coaching in that. We're striving to do it all better."

-- 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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