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Alex Smith Cleared to Play Sunday Against Bengals

According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been fully cleared to practice the rest of the week and play in Sunday's meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals out at Paul Brown Stadium.

Smith suffered a 'low-grade concussion' during Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss to the Cowboys according to a team spokesperson, so low that it wasn't even recognized during the game. Smith took six sacks but did not report any problems to the team's medical staff, and it is not fully known when he actually sustained the concussion. Alex made sure to talk with 49ers director of football operations and sports medicine Jeff Ferguson before leaving the stadium to let him know that something wasn't right..

Regardless of his injury, Alex stayed on the field to finish the job, something that head coach Jim Harbaugh really admires about him:

Tough son of a gun," Harbaugh said Wednesday when asked about Smith. "He was making some big-time plays."

It was the first concussion ever sustained by Smith in his seven year career in the NFL, well, that had been reported anyway. Hopefully it will be his last.

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