San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith Not Cleared; Colin Kaepernick Gets First NFL Start

Oct. 29, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback (11) Alex Smith against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 24-3. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will not be playing in the team’s Monday Night Football match up against the Chicago Bears today after it was learned that the starting signal-caller did not receive clearance from an independent neurologist after suffering a concussion last week.

It is surprising news from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen after it had been reported earlier this weekend that Smith appeared to be on track to play.

In Smith’s absence, Colin Kaepernick will get the start. It will be the first start of the dual-threat quarterback’s NFL career.

With Smith officially ruled out for the game, Monday Night Football will now boast a battle of back up quarterbacks. Both Kaepernick and Bears back up Jason Campbell are getting the starts due to concussions suffered by their team’s starters.

Kaepernick is an entertaining quarterback to watch. Many NFL scouts clamor that the young man out of Nevada has a lot of Randall Cunningham in his game. Kaepernick has a long, lean frame and a cannon for an arm. When you mix in his speed and athleticism, he is exactly the kind of quarterback that will get fans excited.

Unfortunately for Kaepernick, he is faces the tough Bears defense. It’s as tough of a challenge as you can face in your first career start.

Topics: Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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