While San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t announce his starting quarterback for Sunday’s matchup against the New Orleans Saints yesterday, the team is proceeding with plans to start Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith, according to an ESPN report.
However, the team is proceeding with plans to start Colin Kaepernick against the Saints, a team source told ESPN.
Harbaugh said it does no good for his team and organization to announce which quarterback will be under center Sunday. Smith was cleared to play medically after passing a concussion test, but Kaepernick played well in his start Monday against the Chicago Bears. He completed 16 of 23 pass attempts for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith was a limited participant in practice Friday and continued to wear he black non-contact jersey. He hasn’t played poorly this season, but he’s still expected to be Kaepernick’s backup for at least one more week.