Alex Smith won’t play for 49ers against the Bears, report says

November 19, 2012

Alex Smith suffered a concussion in the game against the St. Louis Rams. Also, he was bent like a pretzel on the play. (Paul Kitagaki Jr. / AP)

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, who suffered a concussion last week, will not play in tonight’s game against the Chicago Bears.

Smith had been cleared for non-contact drills last week and reports over the weekend indicated that Smith expected to play, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that he could not pass the final impact test given by a neurologist. Colin Kaepernick will start in Smith’s place.

Seems only fair, since the Bears won’t have their starting quarterback, Jay Cutler, either. Cutler suffered a concussion last week and the Bears announced Friday that Jason Campbell would start in Cutler’s place.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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