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Alex Smith Questionable for Monday Night

Posted by Taylor Price on November 17, 2012 – 4:09 PM

Alex Smith didn’t speak to reporters on Saturday, but offensive coordinator Greg Roman gave a pretty good indication of how the San Francisco 49ers quarterback is progressing six days removed from his second concussions in as many seasons.

“He’s looked good,” Roman said. “He’s looked very sharp.”

Officially, Smith is listed as questionable for Monday night’s pivotal NFC showdown with the Chicago Bears. Roman said his quarterback will need to pass one more contact test in order to play on Monday night.

“Alex is going through the protocol right now and that’s in the doctor’s hands,” Roman said.

Chicago, on the other hand, has already ruled out quarterback Jay Cutler. And while the Bears quarterback didn’t take part in any practices this week, Smith continues to practice for the 49ers in a limited fashion. Though Smith’s status still up in the air, Roman has been trying to do his best to get backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick the necessary first-team reps to be ready if Smith can’t play.

No matter who plays quarterback for the 49ers, the objective remains the same.

“We’re trying to do our best,” said left tackle Joe Staley, who will match up with Bears defensive end Julius Peppers for the first time since his rookie season when the Pro Bowler played for Carolina. “No matter who the quarterback is, our job is to create a clean pocket for them.”

The 49ers offensive coordinator said it hadn’t been determined if third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien will be active for only the second time this season. Roman, however, did not that he typically gets together with his backup quarterbacks prior to gameday to discuss their comfort level with various plays within the week’s gameplan.

Roman is doing his best to roll with the punches. He doesn’t know which quarterback will play on Monday, but is keeping a good attitude about it.

“Makes it exciting,” he said. “I’m excited no matter who plays.”

Part of Roman’s enthusiasm comes from understanding the challenge of facing Monday night’s opponent, a ball-hungry Chicago defense that is as disciplined as it is opportunistic.

“It’s not just a team giving the ball away,” Roman said. “They’re taking it.”

Roman has given his players tons of visual evidence of the variety of strips the Bears defense has utilized in the previous 10 weeks of the season. When discussing NFL forced-fumble leader Charles Tillman, Chicago’s Pro Bowl cornerback, Roman said, “I’ve never seen anybody do it better.”

Now, it’s up to the 49ers to a better job than anyone else at protecting the football against a hungry opponent on a national stage.

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25 Responses to “Alex Smith Questionable for Monday Night”

  1. By will on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    who ever it is, lets just hope for no more injuries

  2. By Jeff Troyer on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    im sorry

  3. By 805faithful on Nov 17, 2012 | Reply

    Oh great. He better be careful with a D like the Bears or here comes concussion #2. I was hoping to see Kaepernick or Tolzien instead. I think they should start using Jacobs now before Gore gets more beat up.

  4. By gripkits on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s go Niners, beat the Bears Monday! I have faith in all of you that we can do this!

  5. By Montana2Rice4Ever on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Come on with the pessimism, people! We got this. Even if Alex is out it’s a wash. I’ll take kap over Jason Campbell all day long, and the bears are gonna find out that we still have a D full of ball-hawks too. Carlos and Dashon are gonna eat that guy for lunch. Have faith, niner nation. We’re just barely starting to warm up.

  6. By cornelius on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    i want to see the D show up which i know they wud force a few int. n force fumbles

  7. By Randy K. on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Can anyone tell me why Celek is active and Tolzien or Jacobs is not?

  8. By Jimd on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    If Smith is out they need both back QB’s active.

  9. By irene on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    lets go 49ers we can beat the bears i have faith in yall 49ers are number 1 i am a 49ers fan all the way

  10. By luvfromCorcoran on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    we need our run defense to step up and the coaches to use the offensive resources that they have spent good money on. lets go alex smith he’s our best hope to get to the super bowl.

  11. By Kobie on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    The “Capped” Crusader can handle it. Roll 7 with Colin Kaepernick!!! Alex smith is a bust… always has been, always will be. No heart=no rings. in the immortal words of the late owen hart.. Enough is Enough.. and its time for a change

  12. By Missouri 9er on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Kobie “REALLY” Alex takes us to the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME last year and we are 6-2-1 leading our division (and i believe would have won the Rams game had Alex not been knocked out of it) and you want to complain about Alex????? Kap will get his chance but it’s CLEARLY Alex who gives us our best chances this season! ANYBODY should see that, (except you, 11, and a very few others). BE A TEAM FAN!

  13. By sdakota9er on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    thank u Missouri 9er! Kobie isnt worth responce…

    i would like to see us go with more WR screens and screens to Hunter and Davis, get creative! also throw a little quick slant to Crabtree! even if it is 5 yards, he is a tough guy and can turn it in to more!! we just need to get the ball out of Smiths hands a little faster so he can let his head heal. just ideas… we have great coaching staff finally, so what ever, just GO Niners GO!!!!

  14. By Tyler on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Kap. is the man! Let him have a full game to show off his true colors! Especially going up against a raw defense we need a quick QB and Kap. is the right pick for tomorrow night. Keep Smith on the sidelines until next week.

  15. By Mike on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Scott tolzien has a cannon, let smith heal and give Scott a chance!

  16. By ninermaniac on Nov 18, 2012 | Reply

    Alex Smith Quest i on able for Monday Night

  17. By Gary MO 9er fan on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Mo 9er what part of MO???

  18. By Ky49erChick on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Let’s go Niners!! Beat Duh Bears…..hopefully Alex can go, but if not Kap can do it. Besides our Defense is hungry for some bear meat!!

  19. By lupe on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    go BEARS …

  20. By bojo49ers on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    lupe, get the hellout of here…….

  21. By 49er-n-memphis on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    No Alex Monday night. It is what it is, get well, get rest. Lets go Capp, Lets go D, LETS GO 9ER NATION!!!!!!!!

  22. By Jessica on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    Lets go ALEX!!!! Kap ur ok but alex is the better qb!!! #NINERNATION Lets go beat them bears!!! WE GOT THIS!!!! :D #11 ALL THE WAY!!

  23. By NINERGIRL on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply


  24. By Michael T on Nov 19, 2012 | Reply

    What or Who is a Lupe doing on this site. WOW

  25. By stig flodihn on Nov 22, 2012 | Reply

    The entire 49er organization, is very, very Lucky to have Alex Smith. – Blessed!
    Simple minds and wannabes, Flip and Flop after ONE Good game, and then after ONE Bad game. Say What??? Real football minds understands the value of someone like QB ALEX SMITH. Let’s hope Colin can be as good and smart.
    Thank you, Alex Smith. Media BS is for big mouths and snivelers.
    Thank you from loyal honest 49er Fans.
    – S.F.

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