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Kaepernick got significant reps on Saturday

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is sacked by St. Louis Rams' Robert Quinn during their NFL football game in San Francisco Reuters

Though it seemed liked a surprise to learn on Monday that 49ers quarterback Alex Smith didn’t receive clearance to play despite all signs pointing to him starting eight days after suffering a concussion, the team apparently saw this one coming — and managed to keep it under wraps.

A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick received significant practice reps on Saturday, which suggests that the coaching staff was accelerating the efforts to get Kaepernick ready to play.

It also suggests the existence of a certain amount of gamesmanship regarding the Smith concussion, with the team concealing Smith’s status in the hopes of achieving a strategic benefit via the Bears spending their time preparing to face Smith.

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9 Responses to “Kaepernick got significant reps on Saturday”
  1. larryboodry says: Nov 19, 2012 7:44 PM

    It won’t help.

  2. Stiller43 says: Nov 19, 2012 7:49 PM

    Its harbaugh…you didnt expect gamesmanship?

  3. yeayoubetcha99 says: Nov 19, 2012 7:50 PM

    Jim Hardball outsmarting himself again.

  4. 2difshoe says: Nov 19, 2012 7:57 PM

    So did Jason Campbell…actually, a weeks worth.

  5. 49erstim says: Nov 19, 2012 8:23 PM

    If this were the defense of the Chiefs or Jags this would swing the odds of victory toward San Fran…but this is Chicago we are talking about. These boys are gamers.

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 19, 2012 8:40 PM

    Over / under on the number of times Harbaugh whines on tv tonight…..

  7. themagicfanguy says: Nov 19, 2012 8:58 PM

    “So did Jason Campbell…actually, a weeks worth.”

    Good thing for the 9’rs that Campbell is horrible, other wise that might actually matter.

  8. realfann says: Nov 20, 2012 1:39 AM

    Smith reported on Saturday that he wasn’t feeling well so Kap got 100% of the snaps on Sat and Sun.

    The team Dr checked Smith on Monday and declared him out for the game. Kap started.

    There you go: the facts.

  9. piemasteruk says: Nov 20, 2012 8:12 AM

    I don’t understand. Maybe I’m missing something here, but if Alex Smith hasn’t been cleared to play because of a concussion, then I assume he couldn’t participate in contact drills or practices either. So who else is going to take the first team reps if not Kaepernick?

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