San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Alex Smith will not play tonight against the Chicago Bears. Colin Kaepernick will make his first NFL start.
ESPN’s other top football information man, Adam Schefter, said on Sportscenter this morning that the 49ers quarterback took half the first-team reps at Sunday’s walk-through, but did not pass the final test of the NFL’s concussion protocol.
“In a time like this, they’re going to make sure players get as much rest as possible before they’re brought back on the field,” Schefter went on to say.
As an organization, the 49ers have been heavily involved in player safety. The team’s Co-Chairman, Dr. John York, is the Chairman of the NFL’s Committee on Health and Safety.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com looks at the opportunity at hand for backup Colin Kaepernick on Monday Night Football against the NFL’s No. 5 overall defense.
ESPN.com’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on Kaepernick filling in for Smith.
MNF broadcasters John Gruden and Mike Tirico give some pre-game thoughts on the 49ers-Bears matchup.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle examines the ball-hawking ways of the Chicago Bears defense.
49ers.com’s hard-hitting journalist Donte Whitner shared his outlook on the Monday night matchup in his latest blog.
YouTube superstar Sam Gordon visited the 49ers practice facility on Sunday and posed with the players for several photos.
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