49ers’ Alex Smith ruled out with concussion
San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Alex Smith has been ruled out of his team’s game against the Chicago Bears tonight due to a concussion he suffered last week against the St. Louis Rams.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first broke the news when he tweeted that “Alex Smith will not play tonight for 49ers, unable to get clearance from neurologist after suffering concussion last week, per sources.”
In Smith’s place, San Francisco will turn to backup QB Colin Kaepernick, who threw for 117 yards and ran for 66 yards and a touchdown last week when he replaced Smith against the Rams, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Kaepernick is in his second NFL season after being drafted out of Nevada in 2011, but has yet to start an NFL game.
The Bears, meanwhile, will be forced to start their own backup in Jason Campbell, as normal starter Jay Cutler also suffered a concussion last week during Chicago’s 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans.
Despite the loss of both team’s starting quarterbacks, Monday night’s game features a bout between two of the best teams in the NFC, with both San Francisco and Chicago leading their respective divisions at this point in the season.