Alex Smith, the San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback was benched on Oct 24th when he dislocated his non throwing shoulder in a game against the Carolina Panthers. Despite being medically cleared a few weeks ago, Smith failed to make it back into the starting lineup, up until now that is. With their 4-8 W/L, the 49ers face a game they must win in order to keep their season alive, a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Mike Singletary has apparently decided that falling back to the experience and to "all of the other things" that Smith brings to the game, will give the 49ers the best shot at winning.
The QB benched by Alex Smith's return is Troy Smith. Singletary says he hasn't lost his confidence in what Troy is able to deliver, but he concluded that the team needed Alex Smith's presence on the field at this particular time. Singletary said he would pick his starting quarterback on a week-by-week basis. Alex Smith has a QB rating of 75 this season, having completed 143/242 passes for 1,554 yds with 9 INT and 13 sacks. Troy Smith on the other hand completed 66/126 passes for 1,023 yds.
In other news: Cardinals rookie QB John Skelton will apparently start Sunday against the Broncos in Derek Anderson's place who's suffered a concussion. He hasn't exactly played well before his injury either. Because of Max Hall being out as well on a dislocated shoulder, the team was forced to sign QB Richard Bartel from the UFL's Sacramento.
The Indianapolis Colts are another injury-ridden bunch. With their ground-game seriously affected by the lack of proper manpower, they re-signed Dominic Rhodes, from the UFL's Florida. Rhodes played for the Colts from 2001-2006 and had another stint in 2008. Cornerback Jerraud Powers is out (quite possibly for the season), and so are Joseph Addai and Mike Hart. Kelvin Hayden is another uncertainty for Thursday's game against the Titans. The Jets are in the market for an addition too. Depleted at the safety position to two, they're looking to sign a healthy safety, letting Laveranues Coles go to make room for him.