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Chiefs quarterback Smith gets chance to play former team

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throws during the first quarter of an NFL preseason game against the Denver Broncos last Thursday, Aug. 8, in San Francisco.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith treads carefully when subject of the San Francisco 49ers is broached. He politely talks about the positive days he spent with them, and then seems to usher along the conversation whenever their divorce is brought up.
After all, he’s the starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs now. No need to dwell on the past.
But most would quickly forgive him if he wanted to “stick it” to the 49ers — a phrase he used in a recent interview to refer more generally to his doubters. Smith had San Francisco headed back to the playoffs ...


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