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49ers QB Alex Smith Practices, Likely to Start on Monday vs. Bears

Jay Cutler won’t be starting for the Chicago Bears after suffering a concussion a week ago against the Texans. The guy he’s going up against also suffered a concussion last week, but it’s looking like he’ll be ready to go when the 49ers meet the Bears on Monday Night football. Alex Smith has practiced all week in a non-contact jersey and all signs point to him starting on Monday night.

But 49ers head coach John Harbaugh is insisting that just because Smith practiced, doesn’t mean he should be penciled in to start, as the final word on his status is up to doctors.

“Again, it’s in the doctor’s hands and they’ll evaluate him as the week goes,” Harbaugh said Friday. “There seems to be some progress.”

While Smith has practiced all week, it’s been in a limited capacity, and as some have noted, he won’t be wearing that non-contact jersey against a harsh Bears defense on Monday. Should Smith not be able to go, Colin Kaepernick, who finished Sunday’s tie with the Rams, will get the nod making Monday a defensive battle against backup quarterbacks.

In Jay Cutler absence, Jason Campbell is getting the start, but Josh McCown was signed incase (or more likely when) Campbell struggles.


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