San Francisco 49ers (6-2-1) quarterback Alex Smith has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears (7-2) because of a concussion according to ESPN and the Chicago Tribune. The former #1 overall pick out of Utah has enjoyed a solid second season under the tutelage of former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh. Now in his 8th season, Smith ranks third in the NFL with a 104.1 passer rating. This season he has thrown for 1,731 yards with 13 TDs and 5 INTs while completing 70% of his passes. Not having to face Smith should be a big relief for the Bears who are without their own starting quarterback Jay Cutler after he sustained a concussion of his own in last Sunday night's 13-6 loss vs the Houston Texans (9-1). The game which could have serious NFL playoff seeding implications is being deemed "The Battle of the Backups" as it will pit the Bears' Jason Campell against the 49ers Colin Kaepernick. Both quarterbacks had limited success in action last week. As The 49ers come into this game riding a three game unbeaten streak after a bizzare 24-24 tie last week against the St. Louis Rams (3-6-1). The Bears are looking for thier first win in the City by the Bay since the 1985 season.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will not play Monday night against the Chicago Bears because he he was unable to get clearance from a neurologist one week after suffering a concussion, according to sources.
Smith, who is ranked third in the NFL with a 104.1 passer rating, practiced in a non-contact black jersey last week and took part in most of the drills involving the first-team offense.
Smith, who has made 28 consecutive starts, was injured during the first half of a 24-24 tie with the St. Louis Rams in Week 10 and left the game midway through the second quarter.
Kaepernick replaced Smith after the injury and was 11 of 17 for 117 yards and rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown against St. Louis.