The 49ers are scheduled to practice on Wednesday, the first of the week in preparation for Monday’s NFC showdown against the Chicago Bears.
Players will be available to the media in the afternoon. However, it is not known if Alex Smith will speak to the media, but reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter indicate Smith might return to action this week after suffering a concussion in a 24-24 tie against the St. Louis Rams. Smith has not spoken to the media since the injury.
“They feel pretty good that Smith should be able to go,” Schefter said on ESPN this morning in comments relayed by Evan Silva of NBC Sports.
The news comes after Tuesday’s report from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, who said Smith was seeking a second opinion on the injury according to a league source.
Perhaps Smith will be around to share insight on the concussion evaluation process. If not, the speculation leading up to Monday night will continue for both teams as Jay Cutler is in the same boat as Smith.
Stay tuned to 49ers.com for more updates on the quarterbacks.
Don Banks of SI.com looked at the league’s handling of concussions as it pertained to Smith and Culter. Banks: “Sunday was another headline day in the NFL’s belated efforts to come to grips with brain injuries. When starting quarterbacks get sidelined with concussions, everyone in the game takes notice, and that’s actually a good thing in the long term. Because some post-mortems are in order and necessary, if only to keep learning and keep the process moving forward. Knowing exactly what to do for players and when to do it in every situation, when events are unfolding in real time, is a still-evolving practice. Experience and a longer track record with the game’s new sensibilities will only help increase the effectiveness of concussion recognition and hopefully prevention.”
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee examines the 49ers rush defense through 10 weeks of the season compared to the team’s 2011 unit.
Barrows also looked at the 49ers quarterback situation in the future in a recent mailbag offering.
ProFootballFocus.com offered 32 observations for each team, including this favorable note on the 49ers running game. “On average, the 49ers have averaged 3.2 yards before their runner is contacted, thanks to a great run blocking line. That is the highest rate in the league.”
PFF also offered more analysis from the 49ers recent tie. “(Ahmad) Brooks was also San Francisco’s best pass rusher with a +3.1grade. He notched five hurries and three batted passes on his 34 pass rushes. Two of the batted passes came in overtime, including one on third-and-13 that stalled the Rams’ initial drive of the extra period.”
ESPN.com’s Mike Sando shares the ranking of the 49ers offense and defense in various stat categories. Sando notes Smith is ranked ninth in passer rating (96.0).
Roookie guard Joe Looney also updated his 49ers.com blog.
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