Lovie Smith: 49ers QB will not change Bears approach

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Lovie Smith: 49ers QB will not change Bears approach

Quarterback Alex Smith was cleared to practice on Wednesday, which appears to be a solid indication that he will be available for the 49ers on Monday night against the Chicago Bears.After all, if there were any doubt of Smith's condition after sustaining a concussion on Sunday, he would not have been cleared so soon for football activity. Smith received clearance from the 49ers team physician, Dr. Daniel Garza, as well as the NFL-mandated opinion from an independent neurologist.RELATED: Alex Smith cleared to return to practice
The Bears have their own issue with a quarterback who sustained a concussion. Jay Cutler was removed from Sunday night's game against the Houston Texans with a concussion. Jason Campbell replaced him Cutler and completed 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards in a 13-6 loss.RELATED: Cutler not yet cleared
The Bears are scheduled to hold their first practice later Thursday. And coach Lovie Smith did not provide any clues to the Bay Area media during a conference call Thursday morning.Can you bring us up to date on the status of Jay Cutler?
"We haven't practiced yet, haven't gone out on the football field. So there's nothing more I can tell you except for, he's getting better, which is a good thing.Will Jason Campbell be getting all the reps today?
"We haven't gone on the practice field. Of course, I'm not going to talk about much of that. I'll give you a lot more information afterward, though."How did Campbell perform when he was forced into the game Sunday?
"Going all the way back, we felt like we needed to improve our backup quarterback position in the offseason. So we felt real good about being able to convince Jason to come here and be Jay's backup. We've been with him for a while. I just love the way he prepares off the field. He's a pro at all times. And he had an excellent training camp for us. He's been very good in the limited time we've given him and being able to go against a very good defense we have here every day. We feel like he's a starting quarterback in the NFL and we have as our backup. We feel very comfortable in him leading us."What about the other side. Do you have to prepare for both Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick or does it see as if Smith is going to play?
"We're going to prepare for the quarterback position for the 49ers. Whether it's Smith or Colin, it doesn't really . . . there's a difference, of course, between the two of them but the 49ers are a running football team. We have to start with that. We have to go with our game plan and we're not going to change much based on who the quarterback will be."That's interesting you say that because they have such different styles. You'd think you'd have to prepare for more running from Colin Kaepernick.
"Colin has been playing some anyway, so we've been preparing for that anyways. Again, we don't change what we do an awful lot based on change in the quarterback. Both of those quarterbacks have played some for them."

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

Staley sits out 49ers practice with hamstring injury

SANTA CLARA – Left tackle Joe Staley, who has not missed a game since 2010, did not practice Thursday due to a hamstring injury.

The 49ers’ five-time Pro Bowl performer has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles with 92 consecutive starts. Only Cleveland's Joe Thomas (156) and Oakland's Donald Penn (152) have started more consecutive games.

Staley’s availability for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets at Levi’s Stadium is in question after he was held out of practice on Thursday after going through the full workload on Wednesday.

If Staley is unable to play, the 49ers would likely move left guard Zane Beadles to left tackle and insert Andrew Tiller at left guard. Tiller started the first five games of the season at right guard before rookie Joshua Garnett took over.

49ERS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
T Joe Staley (hamstring)
Limited
DT Quinton Dial (elbow)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
RB Shaun Draughn (ribs)
LB Eli Harold (toe)
LB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
Full participation
DT Ronald Blair (hamstring)
C Daniel Kilgore (hamstring)

JETS PARTICIPATION REPORT
Did not practice
S Antonio Allen (concussion)
T Breno Giacomini (back, calf, shoulder)
WR Jalin Marshall (concussion)
DT Steve McLendon (hamstring)
RB Khiry Robinson (lower leg)
Limited
LB Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle)
S Calvin Pryor (concussion)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle)
Full participation
RB Matt Forte (knee, foot)
WR Brandon Marshall (knee, foot)
CB Nick Marshall (ankle)
DE Leonard Williams (illness)
CB Marcus Williams (ankle)

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Pearl Harbor speech: Admiral calls out Kaepernick, others for anthem kneeling

Wednesday was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Although he didn't call out Colin Kaepernick by name, Admiral Harry B. Harris gave a speech that included a message intended for a certain group of athletes and/or entertainers.

“You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played."

Many of those in attendance gave the Admiral a standing ovation.

During the preseason, Kaepernick remained seated on the 49ers' team bench during the national anthem.

After sparking a national controversy, Kaepernick began kneeling as opposed to sitting.

After the 49ers' loss to the Bears on Sunday, Kaepernick said he will continue his demonstration moving forward.

"Today we have a precious opportunity to reflect -- to reflect on what it means to be a patriot, to reflect on what it means to be a nation tested by war, and to reflect on both the costs and the blessings of liberty," Admiral Harris added. "To America's World War II patriots here and watching at home -- we will never forget your courage under considerable fire and seemingly insurmountable odds.

"Because of you, our future remains bright. We owe you an immeasurable debt and we can't thank you enough for answering the call of duty when Lady Liberty needed it the most."