It will be a battle of backup quarterbacks when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football tonight.
San Francisco QB Alex Smith has been ruled out of the Monday Night Football contest as a result of a concussion suffered eight days ago in the 49ers tie with St. Louis. Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler is also out as a result of a concussion.
The Associated Press reports that Colin Kaepernick will start in place of Smith. Kaepernick is a second-year quarterback who saw action last week after Smith left the game. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 117 yards against St. Louis with no touchdowns or interceptions. Kaepernick has completed 16 of 26 passes on the season for 206 yards.
Smith had hoped to play Monday and participated in practices on a limited basis throughout the week. The Washington Post reports that San Francisco medical director Dr. Dan Garza evaluated Smith but the quarterback did not pass tests under the NFL’s concussion treatment protocol to allow him back on the field for Monday night’s game.
Smith had made 28-consecutive starts for San Francisco, leading the team to a 6-2-1 record this season. Alex Smith has thrown for 1,731 yards and 13 touchdowns for the 49ers this season while completing 70 percent of his passes. Prior to his concussion, Smith was on pace for career highs in completion percentage and touchdowns.
Cutler will be replaced with Jason Campbell for Chicago. Campbell completed 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards in relief of Cutler last week against Houston.
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