SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers have yet to announce quarterback Alex Smith as the starter for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears, but he is expected to start.
Smith was cleared to participate in all four practices this week after leaving Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams with a concussion. Smith's participation has been listed as "limited."
Over the past two seasons, any time a 49ers player has been cleared to take part in any practices after sustaining a concussion, that player suited up for the next game.This season, left tackle Joe Staley and backup offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore sustained concussions. Neither of them missed a game.Here are the 49ers over the past two seasons who have sustained concussions. Fullback Bruce Miller and receiver Kyle Williams are the only two players to miss games due to concussions.THIS SEASON
Week 7: Left tackle Joe Staley did not practice Monday, but was cleared for limited practice Tuesday and Wednesday. He started Thursday night against Seattle.Week 10: Backup lineman Daniel Kilgore full practice all week. He played against St. Louis.This week: Alex Smith limited practice all week. Expected to start Monday night against Chicago Bears.LAST SEASON
Week 3: Quarterback Alex Smith full practice all week. He started against Cincinnati.Week 8: Center Jonathan Goodwin limited practice all week. He started against ClevelandWeek 12: Fullback Bruce Miller did not practice all week. He was not active against Baltimore.Week 13: Miller limited practice Wednesday and Thursday, full practice Friday. He started against St. Louis.Week 15: Staley did not practice Thursday and Friday. Limited practice Saturday. He started the Monday night game against Pittsburgh.Week 17: Wide receiver Kyle Williams did not practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He was not active against St. Louis.Playoffs: Williams limited practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He played against New Orleans.