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With Alex Smith injured, the 49ers will be turning to No. 3 QB Troy Smith this weekend when San Francisco takes on the Broncos in London.

Alex Smith, who separated his left shoulder in the Week Seven loss to the Panthers, is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

In naming Troy Smith the Week Eight starter, head coach Mike Singletary is skipping over No. 2 QB David Carr. Carr completed 5-of-13 passes for 67 yards with a critical interception last week. His passer rating for the day was a dismal 23.6.

Troy Smith was signed by the 49ers on Sept. 6 after his release by the Ravens.

He has two career NFL starts, both coming in 2007 for Baltimore. He has completed 40-of-76 passes for 452 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in three pro seasons, with the majority of the playing time coming as a rookie. He has attempted only 13 passes in the past two seasons.

The way we see it

While 49ers fans have been heard chanting Carr's name in San Francisco out of frustration with Alex Smith at times this season, his dismal showing last week has prompted Singletary to go in another direction.

With the 49ers sitting at 1-6, Singletary is clearly in crisis mode. Leaning on the 26-year-old former Heisman Trophy winner is a gamble, but at this point, what's Singletary got to lose?

The 49ers' only other option would be to call up 2009 fifth-rounder Nate Davis from the practice squad, which is an unattractive option for a coach needing to string together some wins in order to keep his job.


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