The San Francisco 49ers have not made it clear if Alex Smith or Colin Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback Sunday at New Orleans.
The Niners have a bit of a quarterback quandary on their hands after Kaepernick sliced and diced the Chicago Bears defense in a 32-7 victory Monday night at Candlestick Park. Smith is working to return from a concussion suffered two weeks ago and coach Jim Harbaugh has done little to shed light on the situation.
Smith obviously wants his job back but as long as Kaepernick is playing well, he wants to see his teammate succeed.
“In my opinion, if you can't be happy for your teammate's success, you're playing the wrong sport,” Smith said, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “Go play tennis or golf or something. It's ridiculous, I think. That doesn't belong in team sports, in my opinion.”
Smith practiced four days last week but was not cleared for contact so he did not play.
“I feel good. I feel really good,” Smith said. “So I'm kind of expecting things to go well.
“I tried to push it (last week) and went out and practice and I just wasn't right and the doctors didn't end up clearing me. I'm not going to get into the symptoms that were going on. Tried to push it earlier in the week and there were still some lingering things.”
Soon, Smith will be cleared to play. When he is it will be very interesting to see what direction Harbaugh chooses.
“I guess you don't expect anything,” Smith said. “This is the nature of the game. The next guy steps up and plays well. That's part of the deal in this game. Competition is part of it as well. Don't know what's going to happen.”
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