Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith set to face old San Francisco 49ers teammates

Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs looks for an open receiver against the New Orleans Saints...

Alex Smith of the Kansas City Chiefs looks for an open receiver against the New Orleans Saints during NFL pre-season action August 9, 2013 in New Orleans. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images/AFP)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 PM ET

Alex Smith insists Friday night’s game is “just another step” in his preparation for the NFL’s regular season.

The new Kansas City Chiefs quarterback faces his old San Francisco 49ers team at Arrowhead Stadium in the most intriguing Week 2 matchup of the pre-season.

After starting on the Niners for most of seven seasons, Smith was knocked out of the lineup with a concussion in late October and never got his starting job back. Colin Kaepernick sparkled in his place, and Smith wore a ball cap on the sideline for the rest of the season, which ended a few yards shy of a Super Bowl championship.

Three weeks later, the Niners agreed to trade Smith to the Chiefs for two draft picks.


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