49ers will stick with Troy Smith after win in London

The down-and-out San Francisco 49ers are likely to ride the hot hand, if that is what you can call Troy Smith, after they won Sunday over the Denver Broncos in London.

Coach Mike Singletary more or less announced after the game that Troy Smith will be the team’s starting quarterback coming out of the bye week, even if starter Alex Smith has healed up. Alex Smith is sidelined with a separated left (non-throwing) shoulder, and could miss another two to three weeks.

Singletary made the decision to promote Troy Smith over No. 2 David Carr and the decision paid dividends in the 24-16 victory. Troy Smith completed 12 of 19 passes for 196 yards with a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree. He also ran in for another score.

“We're going to continue to go forward with Troy Smith right now," Singletary said, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. "We're going into the bye week, and as far as Alex Smith is concerned, it's a week-to-week deal. I'll wait and talk to our doctors, trainers, whatever. But we'll make those decisions as we need to.

“Very impressed.”

We’ll see if and when the 49ers eventually make it back to Alex Smith.

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