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October 10, 2012
Alex Smith gives thumbs up to sore middle finger


Alex Smith trotted out to practice this afternoon with no bandage on his sore middle finger. He threw around some softly thrown passes - typical for pre-practice warm ups - and caught a few balls as well. At that point, practice was closed to the media.

Still, both he and Jim Harbaugh sloughed off the injury, which occurred at the end of Sunday's game, as minor.

"It's doing fine," said Smith, who did some light tossing on Monday and Tuesday... "The more you move it around, keep it going, it'll get better as the week goes on."

Asked if he would need to protect the digit this week, Smith said, "I have no idea. At this point, maybe a little tape for support. Like I said, it's one of those things where everyone's kind of had them. The more you move them, keep them going the better they'll be."

Said Harbaugh: Smith "says he's doing good, and it's not something that's a big deal to worry about."

In other words, nothing to see here, folks.

Remember how badly Harbaugh wanted his dad, Jack, to meet Willie Mays, who visited 49ers headquarters last week? Well, the elder Harbaugh didn't have to wait long. He and Jim spent 45 minutes or so at Mays' house last night.

"It's one of those magic, magic, magic moments," said Jack Harbaugh, who attended today's practice.

Jack Harbaugh, an Ohio native, grew up a Cleveland Indians fan. It was Indian batter Vic Wertz who hit the ball which Mays famously caught over his shoulder in 1954. "I lived it. I wasn't reading anything," Jack Harbaugh said. "I remember the catch. It broke my heart."

-- 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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