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Sources: Alex Smith release unlikely

Updated: February 22, 2013, 8:32 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The San Francisco 49ers are "highly, highly, highly unlikely" to release quarterback Alex Smith, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Smith, the 2005 No. 1 overall draft pick, lost his starting job to Colin Kaepernick last season while sitting out with a concussion.

Speaking at the NFL combine Thursday in Indianapolis, Niners general manager Trent Baalke said no decision has been made on Smith's future but did say he spoke with the QB and his wife at dinner earlier this month.

"We ...

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