The 49’ers offense didn’t make very many strides on Sunday in their 31-10 loss to the Saints at home, but they did get quarterback Alex Smith back, and despite the loss and the beating he took, he said Monday he wanted to be out there for his team. “I would not have been happy,” Smith said. “The doctors checked it, and it was just a matter of pain, and people play through pain all the time.” The shoulder injury that Smith suffered in week four held him out as the 9’ers losses kept piling up. The shoulder remains sore and inflamed, but Smith says it’s not enough from going Sunday in Atlanta. “As far as the mobility, I should be able to practice, and I’ll be fine,” Smith said.
Coach Mike Nolan has been taking shots for keeping Smith in during the blowout loss to the Saints, but Smith says that he wanted to stay in and that people should lay off the third year coach. “There’s no doubt in my mind about that,” Smith said. “I took the reps all week. I’d already played, and all of a sudden, to be down by three scores and be like, Let’s get out of here because this isn’t fun?’ That would have been the wrong thing to do.”