Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/5/13
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith saw his days end as a starter when he was injured during the 49ers' Week 10 24-24 tie against NFC West divisional rivals, St. Louis Rams.The injury could not have come at a worse time from the questionable quarterback.Smith was having an amazing season leading the 49ers to a 6-2 start to their season.Smith was not exactly lighting the stat sheets up, but he was doing enough to beat the teams he was supposed to beat and not lose the close games that he had the lead in.Smith saw some light come in his career when head coach Jim Harbaugh was hired before the 2011 season.For starters, 2011 was the only other season besides 2006 that Smith started all 16 games.Another plus for Smith was he saw his turnovers plunge. He actually was starting to look like the quarterback that played for mastermind head coach Urban Meyer at the University of Utah.In Smith's 26 regular season games under Harbaugh he has completed 426 of his 663 passes for 4,881 yards...
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