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November 25, 2012
Harbaugh mum on QB future despite Kaepernick's big game

Colin Kaepernick certainly maintained the hot hand after throwing for 231 yards and accounting for two touchdowns against the Saints Sunday. But Jim Harbaugh remained tight-lipped about who his starting quarterback would be moving forward.

"He acquitted himself very well," Harbaugh said vaguely when asked if Kaepernick still had the hot hand and thus the starting job.

So, is he still the starter, Jim? "We'll address that later."

Harbaugh did say that Alex Smith's Nov. 11 concussion - and his symptoms eight days later - played a big role in going with Kaepernick Sunday against the Saints.

"The injury, and the fact that Alex had symptoms seven days later, eight days later from the concussion and, I've just had some bad experiences. Not going to put a guy back out there who had symptoms like he had," Harbaugh said. "They were serious enough. Now he eventually got cleared. But the thought was to rotate him back into the action but not all the way to the front line. Thought that would give him a chance to get cleared up completely. That was the rationale."

Smith, who was cleared for action Saturday, said he hadn't been told who the starter is moving forward, either. "No idea. Honestly. Don't have any idea," Smith said.

Smith was the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday. As a team captain voted on by his teammates, Smith was among those who handled the pre-game coin toss.

- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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