In the 2005 NFL draft, Alex Smith went first overall to the 49ers, while Aaron Rodgers took a tumble to the 24th overall pick, where the Packers finally grabbed him. As it turned out, Rodgers has become a much better quarterback than Smith, but Rodgers takes exception to the suggestion that Smith isnt a fine quarterback in his own right.
With the Packers preparing to play the 49ers on Sunday, Rodgers was asked if he considers Smith a game manager, and Rodgers said he has a problem with that term.
I think that term is a condescending term for quarterbacks, Rodgers said via USA Today.
Rodgers said he admires Smith and is troubled by the lack of respect Smith has received.
I dont think hes a game manager, Rodgers said. I think hes a guy who takes care of the football and makes a lot of plays. I dont think he got the respect that he deserves. Ive been friends with him since we were 21 and Ive followed his career. I definitely pull for him and enjoy watching him play.
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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Friday waived linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to clear a roster spot.
The 49ers will activate defensive lineman Tank Carradine from injured reserve, coach Kyle Shanahan said. Carradine missed seven games after sustaining an ankle injury against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 21.
Armstrong started five games for the 49ers early in the season before losing his job. Reuben Foster returned to the starting line after missing time with ankle and ribs injuries. Veteran Brock Coyle has established himself as the starting middle linebacker.
Armstrong ranks second on the 49ers behind Jaquiski Tartt with 53 tackles on the season. He also leads the 49ers with two interceptions. Then-general manager Trent Baalke signed Armstrong to a two-year contract extension last December that included a $500,000 signing bonus.
The 49ers will have their largest group of healthy inactive players on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. However, right tackle Trent Brown is questionable after sustaining a shoulder injury late in Thursday's practice, Shanahan said.
49ERS INJURY REPORT
S Adrian Colbert (thumb)
T Trent Brown (shoulder)
RB Raheem Mostert (shoulder)
WR Trent Taylor (ribs)
DE Solomon Thomas (knee)
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