49ers vs Falcons: Matt Barrows' 5 players to watch
Torrey Smith says he remembers the play call and then driving home from Levi’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
His memory of what happened in between, however, has vanished after he was knocked unconscious in the third quarter while attempting to make a catch against the New York Jets. When Smith regained consciousness, television viewers saw tears run down his face and watched as he was carted off the field.
Smith said he had to be told all of that happened.
“I don’t remember anything,” Smith said Thursday. “That’s one of the things that come with (a concussion). But as long as I’m feeling better each and every day, that’s all that counts right now.”
Smith said he has resumed some training this week, but he has yet to return to practice. It’s unlikely he’ll play Sunday against the Falcons, and he may not travel to Atlanta. The 49ers, of course, have only one win, and their playoff hopes faded away weeks ago. But Smith, who had not suffered a concussion, said he will be cautious with a head injury in any scenario.
“It’s something I’m definitely going to be smart with,” Smith said. “I have two kids. You kind of think long term on things like that, so I don’t think it’s worth rushing it back. Even if we were in contention for the playoffs or whatever, I’d still try to be as smart as possible.”
It’s unknown who will replace Smith in the 49ers’ offensive lineup. When he missed a Week 11 game because of a shoulder injury, rookie Aaron Burbridge started in his place.
Dueling QBs – A day after Trent Dilfer defended 49ers general manager Trent Baalke, Dilfer’s ESPN colleague, Steve Young, disagreed by noting the team’s failure to acquire talent at the most important spot on the roster.
“The problem is that there is one job in football you’ve got to get right, and that’s quarterback,” Young said on KNBR radio Wednesday. “Every team that has no answer at quarterback, or is fading at that answer – let’s say it’s the Rams, Arizona, Chicago, Buffalo – those teams are not going anywhere.”
A day earlier on the same radio station, Dilfer blamed the 49ers’ woeful performances lately on the past three coaches – Jim Harbaugh, Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly – saying they “failed miserably in the development of players.” Dilfer is a friend of Baalke’s and acknowledged his ties in the interview.
Both Dilfer and Young are NFL analysts for ESPN. They also are former 49ers quarterbacks, Young from 1987 to 1999 and Dilfer in 2006 and 2007.
“I understand Trent has a great way of saying it, but the truth is, if you fail at putting (the quarterback) position in play, then you really don’t have a chance no matter what you have around it,” Young said. “And that’s what we’ve seen, a floundering, because we don’t have an answer. We have nothing to build off of.”
Et cetera – The 49ers added quarterback Colin Kaepernick to their injury report because of a neck issue. Kaepernick practiced in full Thursday despite the problem.
▪ Offensive tackle Joe Staley (hamstring) has not practiced this week, making it likely that Zane Beadles will start his second straight game at left tackle Sunday.
▪ The 49ers did not make a waiver claim on wide receiver Michael Floyd, whom the Cardinals released Wednesday following a DUI arrest earlier in the week.