Contrary to reports, no decision has been made on who will start at quarterback for the 49ers this Sunday in New Orleans. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman reiterated the team’s stance on Thanksgiving Day that the team is confident in both of the team’s top quarterbacks and that Alex Smith has to be cleared for contact.
Colin Kaepernick has taken the same amount of practice reps this week leading defensive players to believe he will make his first road start this weekend in New Orleans. That’s according to safety Donte Whitner who told The Dan Patrick Show via ProFootballTalk.com this morning that he and his teammates are under the impression Kaepernick will get the nod.
Jim Harbaugh will address the media at 1:45 p.m. and tight end Vernon Davis expects his coach to name a starter according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. Maiocco also notes that Smith’s final contact test could take place any time before kick-off. Team Medical Director Dr. Dan Garza could administer the test when the team lands in New Orleans to see how Smith responds to the altitude change.
Harbaugh’s press conference will be covered promptly on http://www.49ers.com/live.
NFL.com’s Eliot Harrison predicts a 49ers 25-23 win in New Orleans.
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle examines Roman’s comments on the quarterback decision.
Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle previews the tight end matchup between Vernon Davis and Jimmy Graham.
Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News profiles the growing legend of Colin Kaepernick in his hometown of Turlock, California.
49ers.com shared the comments of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio who is set to face the team he began his coaching career with in 1986.
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Tags: Alex Smith, Colin Kaepernick, Donte Whitner, Greg Roman, Jim Harbaugh, Vernon Davis, Vic Fangio
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