SANTA CLARA -- A one-inch cut under Aldon Smith's right eyebrow marks the extent of his injuries from a Friday night car accident, an incident that came to light Tuesday and one that didn't keep him out of the 49ers' home-opening win Sunday night.
Smith was a passenger in a single-car crash at 11:45 p.m. Friday near his home in San Jose's eastern foothills, a CHP spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
"Being in something like that -- being in an accident -- and then being able to go out and have fun and do something that I love doing, it was a relief to be able to get away from everything," Smith said of playing in the 27-19 victory over the Detroit Lions.
"It was good that I was able to get out there and make plays and get the win. So I was fine. I was fine."
The unidentified driver of the car sustained a broken back after allegedly swerving to avoid a deer, according to CHP spokesman D.J. Sarabia. The driver was transported to San Jose Regional Medical Center, and Smith was taken to Stanford Hospital to receive "a few stitches" for a cut above an eye.
"Everybody's good," Smith said when asked about the driver's condition. "We all walked away from it. The only thing messed up was the car."
The incident occurred on Mt. Pleasant Rd., where "a deer ran out in front of them, they swerved to avoid the deer and then hit a tree," Sarabia said. The crash was first reported by the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday morning.
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Neither alcohol or drugs is considered a factor in what the CHP termed a "routine traffic collision."
Smith was involved in two other off-field incidents earlier this year. He sustained stab wounds at a June 30 party at his home while allegedly breaking up a fracas that saw two other partygoers get shot.
Smith was also arrested for drunken driving in Miami Beach during Super Bowl week in January, and that charge was reduced to reckless driving as Smith qualified for a first-time offenders program, the Sacramento Bee reported.
Is this becoming an alarming pattern?
"I'm just focused on moving forward," Smith replied. "If I saw a pattern with a teammate, and he was able to make plays and play a good game, that's what I'm worried about. I'm worried about how he plays the game. I'm worried about how he helps out this team. I'm worried about the wins we're getting."
Was Friday night's incident simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
"Not really. It's life," Smith responded. "You can sit here and make it what you want. But really it's life. I'm in a good spot right now."
Two days after the crash, Smith contributed to the 49ers' victory by totaling seven tackles and at least one sack, with a second sack pending review by the Elias Sports Bureau. Smith gave no indication after the game that he was involved in the car accident.
Smith, who turns 23 on Sept. 25, totaled 14 sacks last season and was runner-up in NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind the Denver Broncos' Von Miller. Smith was the 49ers' first-round draft pick out of Missouri.
Smith has moved into a full-time, starting role this season with the 49ers after serving as a situational pass-rusher last season behind Parys Haralson. Smith had a sack in the season-opening win at Green Bay, giving him 10.5 sacks in his past nine games, including a sack in each of the 49ers' two playoff games.
"Trying to catch a rhythm, trying to keep the rhythm," Smith said of his sack spree.
-- Quarterback Alex Smith is sporting a healthy scab on the bridge of his nose from a hit he took Sunday night. The cut did not require stitches but rather was glued shut. That's also been the case with a similar wound that left tackle Joe Staley has coped with since the start of training camp. Staley termed he and Smith: "Nose Bros."
-- Frank Gore's next carry will push him past Roger Craig for the most in 49ers history (1,687 attempts). "It's a big deal, but it doesn't really matter," Gore said. "I'm happy God gave me an opportunity to play the game I love to play. With everything I've been through, I give my all on the practice field and in games."
-- Wide receiver/return specialist Ted Ginn Jr. said he continues to improve from an Aug. 26 right-ankle injury and hopes to play in Sunday's game at Minnesota. Ginn hasn't practiced in team drills since the injury.