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Alex Smith Leading 49er Workouts Amid Lockout Uncertainty

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SAN JOSE (CBS/AP)- Alex Smith is playing the part of quarterback, coach and even part-time media relations liaison this summer for the San Francisco 49ers.

As if that wasn’t odd enough, Smith isn’t even a member of the team at the moment.

The past and apparently future 49ers quarterback is a free agent, although anybody at San Jose State’s stadium this week would never know. Smith is hosting informal workouts with more than two dozen 49ers players — mostly on the offensive side — and he can’t re-sign with the team until the NFL lockout is lifted.

Smith is going over the playbook new coach Jim Harbaugh gave him during the brief court-ordered end to the lockout. Players say he is drawing up plays on the whiteboard, running video sessions and directing practices.

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