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.
It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.
After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.
But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.
Kelly told CSNBayArea.com recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.
“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.
“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”
The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.
The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.
And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.
Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”
On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.
“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then."
The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.
The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.
The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.