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Alex Smith regained his starting job and led the 49ers past Seattle 40-21 on Dec. 12.

Still, Singletary insists he will _ as always _ name his quarterback based on who he believes best puts San Francisco in position to win. One of Troy Smith’s victories came in a 23-20 overtime win against the Rams at home Nov. 14. He threw for 356 yards and a touchdown on 17-for-28 passing.

That could play a factor in the decision who to start this time against St. Louis.

“I just think that right now as we look at the film and look at the things we want to do, we’ll look at the Rams when we played them the first time,” Singletary said. “The Rams were a little bit different and I think we’re a little bit different. There are some things that have changed since then and we’ll deal with it accordingly.”

Notes: The other 49ers injuries from Thursday were LB Travis LaBoy (knee sprain), RB Anthony Dixon (ankle sprain), S Dashon Goldson (dislocated finger), LB Manny Lawson (thigh contusion), CB Nate Clements (ankle). Singletary said the team might look to add a running back this coming week considering Dixon and DeShawn Wynn (dehydration) both had their issues Thursday _ though he expects each player to be fine.

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