Smith out vs. Baltimore; injury won’t need surgery

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex D. Smith (11) sits up after he was sacked by Seattle Seahawks DT Rocky Bernard early in the first quarter of the Seahawks-49ers game.  Smith was taken out shortly thereafter. 

The San Francisco 49ers, as if they needed another piece of bad news, received some more when they learned that quarterback Alex Smith, who was injured during their loss at home to the Seattle Seahawks, will be out this Sunday when the 49ers play Baltimore and possibly a while longer.

On Monday, Smith told the Associated Press, “They wouldn’t put an exact date on it, but yeah, a few weeks.  “Having the bye week helps, but I’ll just push it as hard as I can and try to get back as soon as possible.”  Team head coach Mike Nolan wouldn’t speculate as to when Smith would return until Thursday, but typically similar injuries often require two to three months of rehabilitation.  Smith was injured when Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard landed squarely on Smith during a sack.  Smith said he tore both ligaments that connect the shoulder blade to his collarbone.

Because of this injury, it appears that Trent Dilfer will take over at starting quarterback for the time being.  In 14 seasons, Dilfer has started 107 games, but hasn’t since 2006.  But regardless who the quarterback was or will be starting next Sunday, the 49ers have been in a season-long offensive funk; the 49ers are dead last in offensive production, generating only 213.3 yards per game.

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