There are competing reports regarding what 49ers quarterback Alex Smith precisely knows regarding his status for Sunday. From SI.com, Smith has been told Colin Kaepernick will start against the Saints. From ESPN, Smith has been told Kaepernick will get the first-team reps in practice, and that either guy could start.
Per a league source, Kaepernick has been told only that he’ll get first-team reps in practice.
It’s still possible Smith has been told Kaepernick will start. But Kaepernick, whom coach Jim Harbaugh gave an A-plus for his effort on Monday night, has yet to receive that specific piece of news.
Still, it’s a pretty clear that sign that Kaepernick will start. Either way, look for the Niners to try to keep the Saints guessing as long as possible, delaying an announcement as long as possible and keeping their options open.