49ers QB Alex Smith likely to start vs. Bears

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

San Francisco 49ers quarterback is on track to start Monday night against the Chicago Bears according to a league source.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith is on track to start against the Chicago Bears on Monday night according to a league source. Smith suffered a concussion against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Nov. 11, but has passed concussion tests this week and took part in a limited practice on Wednesday.

Smith said he feels good, but added, "nothing's been decided. It's a whole long process that's up to the doctors." He was hit early in the second quarter against the Rams and experienced blurred vision afterwards, but stayed in the game and completed three passes, including a touchdown, after the hit. Smith then left the game and was replaced by Colin Kaepernick, who will start on Monday if Smith is unable to go.

Kaepernick went 11-for-17 for 117 yards and ran the ball eight times for 66 yards and a touchdown against St. Louis. For the season Smith has completed 70% of his passes for 1,731 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. The Bears travel to San Francisco for Monday Night Football; kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. CT.

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