In what was a total surprise to me, Smith was announced Wednesday morning as the 49ers' starting quarterback for Week 8 with Alex Smith on the shelf because of a separated shoulder. Troy Smith's insertion speaks volumes about backup David Carr, but hey, if you're a 1-6 team playing a "home game" in London, why not try something different? What was Carr going to do, anyway? Heck, what was a healthy Alex Smith going to do?
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