Seahawks’ Geno Smith tests injury; 49ers’ staff does stair challenge

Cam Inman

SANTA CLARA — Quarterback Geno Smith gingerly went through a 10-minute workout some three hours before kickoff today to determine whether he’ll start for the Seattle Seahawks against the 49ers.

Smith sustained a groin injury in Thursday’s practice and was listed as questionable, prompting the Seahawks to add Sean Mannion to the 53-man roster as an option with Drew Lock behind Smith.

Smith methodically worked on his pocket movement with occasional passes during his workout. If he plays, expect him to work out of the shotgun formation and unload quick passes rather than test his mobility with zone-read runs.

Smith is only three weeks removed from sustaining an triceps contusion near his throwing elbow. He played through that issue in losing to the 49ers on Thanksgiving Night in Seattle, 31-13.

Smith has started every game since last season for the Seahawks, who went 0-3 last year against the 49ers, including a wild-card playoff loss here at Levi’s Stadium.


John Lynch, Adam Peters, Keena Turner were among the 49ers’ front-office representatives, while several members of Kyle Shanahan’s coaching staff also participated pregame in the Greg Knapp Stair Climb Challenge. The second annual event raises awareness to the dangers of distracted driving and to honor Knapp, a former 49ers assistant who coached in the NFL for 25 years before his July 2021 death, when he was struck by a distracted driver while cycling near his Danville home.

The 49ers’ event Sunday was an answer to the challenge from the Atlanta Falcons, who jointly participated with the New York Jets to run stairs before their game last Sunday. The 49ers thus challenged the Seahawks’ staff members to do the same before their game next Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I just want to thank everybody here for showing up two years in a row, and for John and the 49ers to make sure this happened,” Charlotte Knapp, Greg’s widow, said. “This was Greg’s home in the NFL, where he started his career, so this is very special being here. He also won his only Super Bowl at this stadium (as the 2015 Denver Broncos quarterbacks coach), something I’m so grateful he had the opportunity to do before he passed. I feel like he’s here, and it feels very near and dear to my heart to be here with you in doing this with the 49ers. Thank you.”

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2023-12-10 18:34:40 , Chico Enterprise-Record

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