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Niners in same boat as Bears

Posted by Larry Mayer on November 14, 2012 – 3:06 pm

While the Bears aren’t sure whether Jay Cutler will be able to play Monday night in San Francisco due to a concussion, the 49ers are facing a similar scenario with their starting quarterback.

Alex Smith exited Sunday’s 24-24 tie against the Rams in the second quarter after sustaining a concussion that caused blurred vision. He was replaced by second-year pro Colin Kaepernick, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 117 yards and an 84.7 passer rating.

“In this game injuries happen and your backup has to be ready,” Smith said. “Their backup was ready, played most of the game last week and led them back after they were down, so I’m sure they’re going to go with Plan 2 and feel pretty good about it like we do.”

Kaepernick, a 2011 second-round draft pick from Nevada, showed his athleticism by rushing for 66 yards and one touchdown on eight attempts against the Rams.

“He’s a heck of an athlete,” Smith said. “They’ve played him some before. He’s come in in the past and had more Wildcat-type plays, but last week he came in and really got into a rhythm. As I said, he is a good athlete. He can take off when the pass isn’t there, so I think they’re feeling pretty good about their chances with him like we are [with backup Jason Campbell].”

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