HERTFORD ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Troy Smith of San Francisco 49ers in a training session at The Grove Hotel on October 27 2010 in Hertford England. The San Francisco 49ers will meet the Denver Broncos in the NFL International Series regular-season match at Wembley Stadium on October 31. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

49ers Quarterback Alex Smith To Miss Broncos Game, Troy Smith To Start

News and updates leading up to the Broncos - 49ers game.

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Broncos Announce Five Players Not Traveling To London

The Denver Broncos announced yesterday that five players will not travel with the team to London:

McDaniels said five injured players will not accompany the team to London and they will stay in Denver to rehabilitate. The players are cornerback Perrish Cox, defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson, safety Darcel McBath, linebacker Robert Ayers and linebacker Wesley Woodyard. None of these decisions were surprises.

Cox suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Raiders, which means he has yet to be asymptomatic of a concussion. Because Robert Ayers is recovering from a broken bone in his foot it would have made little sense for him to travel with the team. McBath, Vickerson, and Woodyard are out with a variety of injuries.

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49ers Quarterback Alex Smith To Miss Broncos Game, Troy Smith To Start

Alex Smith is out, former Heisman winner Troy Smith is in when the 49ers take on the Broncos this Sunday at London's Wembley Stadium.

Smith suffered a separated left shoulder during last Sunday's loss to the previously winless Carolina Panthers and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Former Houston Texan David Carr replaced Alex Smith against the Panthers, but the 49ers have decided to go with the third stringer against Denver.

"Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win this game," Singletary said. "He has enough of the offense to play. The bottom line is I think for where we are, Troy Smith gives us a good opportunity to win the game." 

The Broncos should expect to see a very heavy dose of Frank Gore this weekend. The fans in London are getting a game between two teams with poor records to date, but with the quality of the San Francisco defense, it could turn out to be a pretty great game.

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