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49ers QB Alex Smith Out with Concussion

Things aren’t going very smoothly for the 49ers in their NFC West showdown with the St. Louis Rams. Their defense hasn’t looked at all ferocious, the Rams are gaining momentum and now quarterback Alex Smith has left the game with a concussion and will not return, meaning backup Collin Kaepernick must now take the reigns.

Smith took a brutal shot from Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar but did not immediately leave the game. Smith stayed in, going as far as throwing a 14-yard TD to Michael Crabtree to get the 49ers on the board.

But soon after, Smith left to get checked out on the sidelines. In wake of the NFL’s harsh rules on head injuries, the 49ers checked out Smith and diagnosed him with a concussion, ending his day and putting next week’s matchup in jeopardy for him.

Kaepernick now takes over an offense he’s seldom played on in actual games. The only times Kaepernick has been used has been on third down trick plays or plays that require a deeper than usual throw.

He’s a serviceable quarterback but we will soon find out if there’s a formula in San Francisco that anybody can play under center with the intense defense they boast.

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  • Dusty Thompson

    Alex was injured on the QB sneak on 4th down at the 30ish not from the hit you describe. It should have been a very nice comeback win for Kapp. IMO the play of the game was the left toss sweep that lost 5 yards on 2nd down just before the Akers miss. Horrible horrible call by our offensive coordinator in that situation. I think this poor call affected Akers focus. Even though they did in fact make the 5yds back up Akers had to be on the sideline saying W_T_F are you people doing to me, i know I was in my chair saying wtf are people doing to Akers!!!!