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49ers Notes: Smith to get second look at shoulder

SAN FRANCISCO -- Quarterback Alex Smith said he plans to fly to Birmingham, Ala., this afternoon to meet with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, the 49ers' day off.

Smith has used Andrews as a consultant since separating his shoulder Sept. 30. Andrews has received MRI results from the 49ers but hasn't examined Smith in person.

Andrews will look at both of Smith's shoulders and his right forearm, which became badly enervated as Smith began rehabilitating the shoulder in mid-October. Smith was preparing to return to action for the 49ers' Oct. 21 game against the New York Giants but was set back when the muscles in his forearm began to spasm. The problem hasn't gone away, affecting Smith's grip and accuracy.

The 49ers have said Smith is dealing with a strain. Smith seeks a more definitive diagnosis from Andrews.

GO FOR IT -- While quarterback Trent Dilfer supported coach Mike Nolan's decision to go for a field goal on fourth down late in Sunday's game, tight end Vernon Davis didn't.

"We should have gone for it," he said. "I don't think we should have gone for the field goal."

The 49ers lost to the Rams 13-9.

Davis, who was shut out for three quarters in last week's loss to Seattle, was more prolific against the Rams, catching four passes for 50 yards. An end-zone throw to Davis late in the fourth quarter that would have tied the game -- what Davis termed a "tough pass" -- slipped through his grasp as he fell across the goal line.

MILLION DOLLAR BACKFIELD -- The 49ers held Alumni Day, giving fans the chance to remember better eras of football than the current one. Members of the 1957 team served as honorary captains, and the team wore throwback jerseys from their 1989 Super Bowl champion team.

There was a halftime tribute to the Million Dollar Backfield, with Hall of Famers Y.A. Tittle, Hugh "The King" McElhenny, John Henry Johnson and Joe "The Jet" Perry all in attendance. Those four starred for the 49ers from 1953-56.

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