Aldon Smith said he suffered no ill effects from a Friday night car accident and that he and the person driving walked away from the crumpled BMW. "Everybody's good," the 49ers linebacker said in front of his locker today. "We all walked away from it. The only thing messed up was the car."
The unidentified driver of the vehicle was transported to San Jose Regional Medical Center, the region's trauma center, with what the CHP reported was a "broken back" after he swerved to avoid a deer and struck a tree on a winding road in the foothills east of San Jose at 11:45 p.m. Friday night. Smith, who was in the passenger seat, suffered a cut below his right eyebrow, which was apparent Tuesday. Smith said he was wearing his seat belt when the accident occurred.
Smith, 22, played every snap in Sunday's win over the Lions, and he said the game was therapeutic for him. "Being in something like that - being in an accident - and then being able to go out and have fun and do something that I love doing - it was a relief to be able to get away from everything," he said. "So it was good that I was able to get out there and make plays and get the win. So I was fine. I was fine."
The 49ers' second-year linebacker has had an eventful year. He was cited for DUI in Miami Beach in January and he was stabbed at a house party in June. He received minor wounds. Asked if that pattern was cause for alarm, Smith said, "I'm just focused on moving forward. If I saw a pattern with a person on my team, and he was able to make plays and play a good game, that's what I'm worried about. I'm worried about how he plays the game. I'm worried about how he's helping out this team. I'm worried about the wins we're getting."
Smith noted that his incidents have not disrupted his on-field performance.
"It's life," he said. "You can sit here and make it want you want. But really it's life. I'm in a good spot right now. I was able to go out and get seven tackles and two sacks, and now I'm ready for Minnesota and ready for the rest of the season."
Those two sacks are not quite official. Smith was credited for one sack in Sunday's game while Ray McDonald got the other. The 49ers, however, have asked the league to review McDonald's sack and it's possible that it could be split between Smith and McDonald.
The league is expected to make a ruling on Wednesday. In Smith's mind, however, having two sacks already is official. "I think it is. Yeah. I say so," he said.
-- Matt Barrows