Alfonso Smith RB SF 3 Months

49ers signed RB Alfonso Smith.

With Kendall Hunter (torn ACL) and LaMichael James (dislocated elbow) going down over the weekend, the 49ers needed some depth at running back. Smith, 27, has 48 career carried for 156 yards (3.2 YPC) and two touchdowns across 43 games for the Cardinals. He faces long odds at making the roster.

Alfonso Smith RB SF 8 Months

The Cardinals are not expected to tender restricted free agent Alfonso Smith.

Smith opened the season as the Cardinals' No. 3 running back, but was eventually reduced to a special teams role and will likely become a free agent. Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor, and Ryan Williams are all set to return in 2014.

Alfonso Smith RB SF Oct 18 '13

Alfonso Smith caught four passes for 30 yards in Arizona's Week 7 loss to the Seahawks.

He didn't notch a carry in the running game. Third on the depth chart, Smith has just 17 total touches since Week 1. He remains off the fantasy radar.

Alfonso Smith RB SF Sep 15 '13

Cardinals RB Alfonso Smith rushed three times for one yard and caught a five-yard pass in Sunday's Week 2 win over Detroit.

Straight-line grinder Smith took a backseat to Andre Ellington a week after rushing ten times against the Rams, but managing only 26 yards. He's a non-factor in both real life and fantasy. Smith's strength is special teams.

Alfonso Smith RB SF Sep 09 '13

Alfonso Smith played on 27 offensive snaps in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Rams.

In an effort to keep Rashard Mendenhall healthy (35 snaps), the Cardinals featured Smith as part of a committee. He played well ahead of rookies Andre Ellington (8) and Stepfan Taylor (0). A 2010 undrafted free agent out of Kentucky, Smith now has totaled 40 NFL carries for just 128 yards (3.20 YPC). He's a very weak standalone play and wouldn't carry a full workload if Mendy went down.

Alfonso Smith RB SF Sep 08 '13

Backing up Rashard Mendenhall, Alfonso Smith carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards in Arizona's Week 1 loss to the Rams.

Alfonso Smith RB SF Sep 06 '13

Coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Alfonso Smith would be the Cardinals' No. 2 tailback in Week 1 at St. Louis.

Arians considers his backfield "rotational" and "situational," with Rashard Mendenhall as the lead back. There has been speculation Stepfan Taylor will vulture goal-line and short-yardage carries, and Ryan Williams is also in the mix. This is going to be a major headache situation for Mendenhall's fantasy owners.

Alfonso Smith RB SF Apr 04 '13

Cardinals re-signed exclusive rights free agent RB Alfonso Smith to a one-year, $555,000 contract.

Smith appeared in 11 games for the Cardinals last season, mainly on special teams. He'll do the same this season, if he makes the squad.

Alfonso Smith RB SF Sep 26 '12

Cardinals re-signed RB Alfonso Smith.

Beat writer Kent Somers says Smith's signing "is perhaps an indication that [Beanie] Wells won't be able to play on Sunday, or maybe longer." Wells is dealing with turf toe. Smith will slide in behind Ryan Williams, LaRod Stephens-Howling and William Powell if Beanie is indeed sidelined.

Alfonso Smith RB SF Aug 31 '12

Cardinals waived or released RB Alfonso Smith, OG Russ Hochstein, WR DeMarco Sampson, TE Steve Skelton, TE Martell Webb, WR Isaiah Williams, OT D.J. Young and C Scott Wedige.

Smith lost out to William Powell, who entered the week as the preseason rushing leader, for the final tailback spot.