NFL Rumors: Alex Smith Cleared to Play but San Francisco 49ers to Start Colin Kaepernick

By Marc Jenkins
NFL Rumors: Smith Healthy, But 49ers to Start Kaepernick
Kyle Terada-US Presswire

According to a team source, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has been cleared by the team’s medical staff following his concussion, which he suffered during the Niners 24-24 tie versus the St. Louis Rams in week 10. However, the team is planning on starting Colin Kaepernick this week in their upcoming match-up versus the New Orleans Saints.

On Thursday, Smith practiced in a black, non-contact jersey; however, Kaepernick took many of the reps with the first team offense during that session.

San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman told the following regarding Smith and how he appears after the concussion: “He’s looked good, really sharp. He’s gotten plenty of practice time. There’s a lot of different scenarios this week and it’s fluid. We talk through them, and it will change according to how the big picture changes, and obviously the quarterback position is a huge piece of that.”

The current quarterback controversy began following Kaepernick’s stellar performance during the Niners 32-7 rout over the Chicago Bears last week, where the second-year signal caller passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns while completing 16-of-23 pass attempts.

When asked about Kaepernick’s performance on Wednesday, Smith said, “If you can’t be happy for your teammate’s success you’re playing the wrong sport. Go play tennis or golf or something. That’s ridiculous, I think. That doesn’t belong in team sports, in my opinion. It’s the quarterback position. It gets a lot of attention. We’re going to get talked about.”

Head coach Jim Harbaugh informed the two quarterbacks on Wednesday that Kaepernick would take all the first-team reps in practice that week, and also told members of the media that the 49ers quarterback situation could change week to week and even during the course of a game.

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