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Alex Smith offers Bradford advice

Jake Trotter Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm •  Published: October 23, 2009

When Bradford suffered his original shoulder injury, he spoke with the New York Giants’ Eli Manning, who returned from a less-serious injury in 10 days, eventually leading his team to a Super Bowl win.

Now that he’s re-injured the shoulder, Bradford spoke with a source who had a less positive experience with the injury: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.

Smith suffered a third-degree separation in September, but the original diagnosis was that surgery wasn’t necessary. Smith missed three games, the same amount as Bradford, and then returned to the lineup. He played poorly, blaming the injury for his lost accuracy.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

“We’ve been trading phone calls,” Alex Smith said Thursday. “He called, twice. When you’ve torn ligaments in your shoulder, it takes time to heal. It’s different than other positions. When you take hits like that, it impairs your ability to throw the ball.”

Smith eventually saw Dr. James Andrews, who Bradford has also consulted with, and he determined that the injury hadn’t healed like they thought it would, and Smith underwent surgery.