Smith off to another fast start for 49ers

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN - Associated Press
    2013-09-10 19:49

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and linebacker Patrick Willis engaged in a friendly game of one-on-one with a miniature basketball at one end of the San Francisco 49ers' locker room

Across the room, Aldon Smith leaned back on a stool and waved off a suggestion this week's game against Seattle is any more important than the others on the schedule.

Five days before the 49ers play the Seahawks in a matchup between division rivals, the defending NFC champions couldn't be more relaxed.

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Smith, especially, seems very calm.

After setting the franchise single-season record for sacks a year ago, San Francisco's first-round pick in 2011 is off to another fast start. He's also increased his workload and split time on both the right and left side of the 49ers defense in Sunday's win over Green Bay.

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