After debating back and forth all week long whether starting quarterback Alex Smith would be able to play on Monday Night Football versus the Chicago Bears, the San Francisco 49ers have finally decided to sit the veteran signal caller due to the concussion which he suffered last week in a 24-24 tie with the St. Louis Rams.
Smith practiced in a black non-contact jersey with the first team offense all week however he failed to gain clearance from a neurologist to participate in Monday night’s game so there fore he will sit and second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick will receive the start instead.
Bears starting quarterback Jay Cutler had already been ruled out of the game due to a concussion which he suffered last week versus the Houston Texans and will be replaced by Jason Campbell on Monday night.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau this will be the first time since 1979 that two quarterbacks will make their first start of the season against one another on Monday Night Football. In week 12 of the 1979 season the Rams, Vince Ferragamo got his first start of the year versus June Jones in his debut for the Atlanta Falcons.
Last week Kaepernick passed for 117 yards while completing 11 of his 17 pass attempts and rushed for an additional 66 yards along with a touchdown following his insertion into the game due to Smith’s concussion. Meanwhile Campbell completed 11 of his 19 attempts for 94 yards and rushed for just five yards after being placed in the game for the injured Cutler.
The emphasis was already on the defensive side of the ball with these two NFC division leaders possessing two of the premier defenses in the league but now with both teams having backup quarterbacks out there this game will definitely be smash mouth and physical all of the way through.