Apparently,49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has dodged another bullet, this time just daysbefore the 49ers home opener with the Lions.MattBarrows of the Sacramento Bee first reported Smith was involved in a one-car wrecknear his home in San Joseon Friday night.The49ers second-year player was the passenger in a car when itswerved to avoid a deer and ended up on its side down an embankment at 11:45 p.m.The accident occurred in unincorporated Santa Clara County,near Smiths home.Accordingto the report, the CHP said alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Smith wastreated at Stanford Hospital for a cut above aneye that required stitches, but the driver of the car wasnt as lucky. He was transportedto San Jose Regional Medical Center for what the CHPdescribed as a broken back.Thisis the third troubling incident for Smith this year. Smith was charged with aDUI in Miami Beachin January, and was stabbed at his home after an altercation during a party inlate June.Despitethe eye injury, Smith was effective on Sunday night against Detroit. He played every snap and wascredited with seven tackles, one sack, a tackle for loss, and a quarterback hit inthe 49ers 27-19 win.
The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.
The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.
Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.
Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.
The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.
SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.
“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.
“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”
Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.
“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."