49ers QB Smith gets clearance to practice


49ers QB Smith gets clearance to practice

Quarterback Alex Smith received full medical clearance to participate in 49ers practice Wednesday after sustaining a concussion in the 49ers' overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.Smith was sacked six times in the game but did not report any problems to the team's medical staff during the game. It is not known when Smith sustained the concussion. But before leaving Candlestick Park, he checked in with Jeff Ferguson, 49ers director of football operations and sports medicine, and informed him that he didn't feel right.The 49ers placed him through tests, which revealed Smith had sustained a concussion, the team said Wednesday evening.

Coach Jim Harbaugh has generally not provided medical updates beyond what the NFL mandates. The 49ers did not disclose any information on Smith's concussion until Wednesday's mandatory practice participation report was submitted to the league."Tough son of a gun," Harbaugh said earlier Wednesday when asked about Smith. "He was making some big-time plays."In 2009, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced stricter concussion guidelines. The league advises that a player who sustains a concussion should not return to play or practice on the same day if he shows any signs or symptoms of a concussion.This year, teams must list all players injured during games on the first practice report of the next week. Smith took part in full practice on Wednesday. In previous seasons, a player coming off an injury like the one Smith sustained, might not have been listed on the injury report if he took part in a full practice.The 49ers followed NFL protocol in dealing with Smith's injury, which was described as a "low-grade concussion," a team spokesman said. He received full medical clearance to practice and play in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Per league guidelines, Smith was cleared by a team physician and an independent neurological consultant.It was the first-known concussion Smith has experienced in his seven-year NFL career.The 49ers announced Wednesday that receiver Braylon Edwards (knee) and fullback
Moran Norris (fibula) will not play against the Bengals. Receiver Michael Crabtree (foot) went through a limited practice.

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

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.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

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."