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Alex Smith still not cleared for game action


49ers coach Jim Harbaugh’s comments about going with the hot hand at quarterback raised speculation about a quarterback controversy in San Francisco, but there’s no reason to make a choice between Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick just yet.

Harbaugh said Wednesday that Smith still hasn’t been cleared for contact following the concussion he suffered against the Rams in Week 10. Smith never took the team’s “contact” test late last week after suffering symptoms of the concussion and needs to do that before he can make a full return.

“It looks like he will be (cleared) before the week is out,” Harbaugh said during an interview on the Murph & Mac show on KNBR, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “But not as of now. I’m sure he will be.”

Harbaugh didn’t say who would be starting this week, but he did say that the 49ers have the “opposite of a controversy” at the position because they have two good quarterbacks. We’re not exactly sure what the opposite of a controversy would mean, but we’re pretty sure people will keep referring to it as one until Harbaugh makes his call.

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20 Responses to “Alex Smith still not cleared for game action”
  1. kingbeason52 says: Nov 21, 2012 1:42 PM

    This guy must be a jerk, because nobody seems to want him to succeed..

  2. punkmonkeyfaces says: Nov 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    Keep Alex out one more week for the sake of injury, and let Kaep play. If he succeeds go from there, but if his play is rough, it will be very easy to insertAlex back in without any fan pushback. If Alex plays this week and sucks, then you have a real QB controversy on your hands.

  3. tinbender2000 says: Nov 21, 2012 1:50 PM

    Sounds like a good way to make the Saints game plan for two different quarterbacks, why not?

  4. kleppnasty says: Nov 21, 2012 1:55 PM

    Harmony/peace are opposites of controversy, and that is what he is at knowing that which ever one he chooses will be good.
    I would think if he’s able to practice this week and play next week he’ll stick with Smith who is better suited to play in a hostile venue like New Orleans, but then again, I also though Kaep would struggle against the Bears’ defense. So who knows.
    What I do know is that Harbaugh won’t tip his hand until he has to, and New Orleans will have to prepare for both of these QBs.

  5. disp2 says: Nov 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    Harbaugh is just trying to game the media and the Saints with this uncertainty at qb. Probably a 95% chance that Smith starts in reality, and he probably won’t be officially “cleared” until Saturday. That sliver of a chance Kaepernick starts gives them a little bit on an extra edge in preparation. Not that they really need it vs. that porous Saints defense.

  6. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    That’s an all-time dumb comment. The Packers, Patriots, and Saints have the opposite of a controversy. The 49ers have the definition of a controversy.

  7. 49erstim says: Nov 21, 2012 2:02 PM

    There shouldn’t be a controversy. Alex is our QB right now. CK7 did an admirable job on Monday night and probably will on Sunday if needed, but Alex (when healthy) gives this team its best chance at victory. Get well soon Alex….

  8. phelbin says: Nov 21, 2012 2:04 PM

    This seems like a media-created non-controversy. Kaep did better than I thought he would against the Bears, but Alex Smith hasn’t played poorly enough to lose the job. He’s been a fantastic QB since Harbaugh came to the 49ers.

    19 wins, 5 losses. 461 comp 730 att for 5,370 yards and a 63% comp rate. 35 TD’s and just 10 Int. That’s a 94.5 QB rating.

    He’s no longer just a game manager, and there won’t be a QB controversy…not this season anyway.

  9. nesportsfan0428 says: Nov 21, 2012 2:11 PM

    It’s too bad Kaepernick played well.

    I get the feeling that if he played poorly, Smith would have recovered from his concussion

  10. oaktown49er says: Nov 21, 2012 2:16 PM

    Glad they’re not rushing him back. The team needs to be sure he’s healthy, for Alex’s sake. If Alex can’t go, it will be interesting to see how Kaep does on the road and considering the Saints have some game film on him. This game will be tough. The Saints have been off this year but any team with Brees is not to be taken lightly.

  11. jbaxt says: Nov 21, 2012 3:02 PM

    Matt Cassel hasn’t been ready for 3 years but my Chiefs have been forced to play him.

  12. kev86 says: Nov 21, 2012 3:09 PM

    Giants fans hope Alex Smith returns soon. Take that for what it’s worth ( not a lot i know but trying to be honest with the enemies)

  13. pgilbert15303 says: Nov 21, 2012 4:04 PM

    Coach, it’s been eight weeks since my concussion. I feel great!

    Alex, we love you and truly care for you, so it’s in your best interest if we shut you down until next season…

    Hey, turn that frown upside-down… You’re still our man!

  14. aces79 says: Nov 21, 2012 4:07 PM

    Who cares Alex Smith sucks

  15. lionsdraftguy says: Nov 21, 2012 4:56 PM


    To add, its funny how the 49ers fans are the ONLY people who want Alex Smith quarterbacking for their team.

    Why dont they have Kaepernick start at QB and Alex Smith start at WR, that was big mouth Harbaugh can say they have yet another #1 WR.

    Also, wheres their other #1 WR they traded way too far up for…AJ Jenkins i think his name is? I dont know, his name never gets called.

  16. cliverush says: Nov 21, 2012 5:13 PM

    It is difficult to understand the negative comments regarding Smith. He has his eye on the big prize, the Lombardi. Being on a team that has a great chance to attain the ultimate goal of the game requires playing as a team. He understands this and is a tribute to his character.

  17. pgilbert15303 says: Nov 21, 2012 5:20 PM

    Angry Lions Draft Guy,

    First, I can empathize with you. Our Giants embarrassed you with a quick four and out… Coach Harbaugh was a bit too tough with. Schwartz and we’ve beat you twice in a row.

    So all I can say is chin up man… You always have next year.

  18. oaktown49er says: Nov 21, 2012 5:26 PM

    A Lions fan who hates Harbaugh? Either way Alex has won a lot since Harbaugh got there. The 49ers didn’t trade up for Jenkins. I accidently thumbed up your comment. I got nothing against the Lions but it is funny how Lions fans are the ONLY people who want Jim Schwartz coaching for their team.

  19. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Nov 21, 2012 5:38 PM

    If you really want to know how Kaepernick will “do on the road” YouTube the 4 OT Boise St vs Nevada game from 2009. Best college football game I ever saw. Kaep was a one man show. It was his first start ever in a UNR uniform.

    Kaep presents a complete and total matchup nightmare for teams. What are you gonna do? Cant stack the box anymore against SF when he’s calling signals as he’ll go deep and shred ya. He will have 3 or 4 Super Bowl rings before its all said and done in SF

  20. Spencer says: Nov 21, 2012 6:55 PM

    Just let Kaepernick play. There’s a perfect excuse in allowing Smith to recover another week.

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