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November 21, 2012
Report: Kaepernick to face the Saints

Jim Harbaugh didn't tell the media Wednesday who his starting quarterback would be Sunday in New Orleans, but he's apparently perhaps told the quarterbacks. Colin Kaepernick will make his second straight start, according to a Tweet from Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter.

Or has that decision been made? A Tweet from ESPN indicated that Smith spoke on the phone with Trent Dilfer and that Smith said the only decision was that Kaepernick would get the first-team practice repetitions at the beginning of the week. The Tweet: "Alex Smith just told @TDESPN that Harbaugh told him Kaepernick would get 1st team reps but door open to start game based on practice."

Kaepernick had a stellar debut Monday against the Bears, passing for 243 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a 32-7 blowout win. Meanwhile, Smith still hasn't been cleared to play in a game following his Nov. 11 concussion.

Smith was listed as a limited participant in today's practice, the fifth straight practice he has had that designation. The 49ers also have a short work week following their Monday game.

- 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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