Harbaugh: Kaepernick emerges as No. 2

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Harbaugh: Kaepernick emerges as No. 2

SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Alex Smith is the unquestioned starter. And, now, Colin Kaepernick has moved in a fairly comfortable spot as the backup."I'd say Colin has emerged there," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday. "And it's been very good. Nothing's set in stone in that regard, but there's been some emergence."Kaepernick provided the offensive highlight for the 49ers on Friday night in the team's exhibition opening victory over the Minnesota Vikings when he kept the ball on a spread read option and ran 78 yards for a touchdown.Kaepernick, a second-round draft pick last year, completed 5 of 9 passes for 40 yards. He also rushed for 92 yards on three attempts.RELATED: Colin Kaepernicks stats splits game logs
Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien are also in the competition for spots on the depth chart. And Harbaugh said it's not out of the question the 49ers could keep four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster."We'll do what's best for our football team, what we feel like helps be a better team and win games," Harbaugh said. "This is one of those things that was foreseen that we have four very good quarterbacks. These are four quarterbacks who'll play a very long time in this league. We knew it would be very competitive."Harbaugh said the 49ers' offense never takes a bad rep in practice because of a quarterback not knowing his assignment of being unable to make every throw in the playbook.Smith will start Saturday's exhibition game against the Houston Texans, with Kaepernick, Johnson and Tolzien to follow (in that order), Harbaugh said."There are things that are taking shape, but these games are very important, as we knew they would be," Harbaugh said. "Thought that it would come down to some of these games and how they'd play in practice and the games as being equally as important."Also, Harbaugh said the 49ers expect tight end Delanie Walker (right knee) to be available for the regular-season opener Sept. 9 against the Green Bay Packers. Walker sustained the injury during practice Sunday at Candlestick Park.

Despite losing record with Rams, Fisher gets contract extension

Despite losing record with Rams, Fisher gets contract extension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Los Angeles Rams have given coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead contract extensions.

Rams spokesman Artis Twyman confirmed the moves before Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. The deal for Fisher was first reported by the NFL Network, which said it was a two-year extension through 2018.

Twyman said he couldn't comment on terms of the deals. He said, "I think that's something coach Fisher will discuss after the game."

In his fifth season with the Rams, the first four in St. Louis, Fisher has presided over a 31-43-1 record. They have yet to finish above .500 in his tenure and they haven't made the playoffs since 2004.

Snead also became the Rams' general manager in 2012, taking over a 2-14 team.

Both Fisher and Snead were in the final month of their deals. Owner Stan Kroenke, who moved the franchise from St. Louis to Los Angeles this year, has praised Fisher, a Southern California native, for capably shepherding the team's move.

Fisher was in a similar position in 1997 when the Houston Oilers moved to Nashville. He oversaw that transition during his fourth season in charge of that franchise, and by 1999 the Titans were AFC champions, losing, coincidentally, to the Rams in the Super Bowl.

Fisher coached the Titans through 2010, then was hired by the Rams after sitting out the 2011 season.

Fisher also has been a co-chairman of the NFL's powerful Competition Committee, which helps set the rules.

Before joining the Rams, Snead spent 13 seasons in the Falcons' front office.

Inactives: 49ers LB Lynch to miss fifth straight game

Inactives: 49ers LB Lynch to miss fifth straight game

CHICAGO – Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch will miss his fifth consecutive game with a high-ankle sprain when the 49ers face the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Lynch has appeared in just three games this season. He served a four-game suspension to begin the season for violating the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse. He was injured late in the 49ers’ Oct. 23 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The next week was the 49ers’ bye week.

Eli Harold will start in place of Lynch for the ninth time this season.

Wide receiver Quinton Patton was cleared to return to action after sustaining a concussion last week. The 49ers will have six wide receivers active for the game: Patton, Torrey Smith, Jeremy Kerley, Rod Streater, Aaron Burbridge, and Chris Harper.

Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler, who is out for the season with a right shoulder injury, has not been placed on injured reserve, therefore he was amonng the team's inactive players. Matt Barkley will make his second NFL start.

The 49ers and Bears announced their inactive players for Sunday’s game:

49ERS INACTIVES
QB Christian Ponder
RB Mike Davis
CB Marcus Cromartie
LB Aaron Lynch
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie

BEARS INACTIVES
QB Jay Cutler
WR Eddie Royal
DB Adrian Amos
DB De'Vante Bausby
DL Jonathan Bullard
OL Cornelius Edison
DB Delondre Hall