The Chicago Bears have announced that Jay Cutler is officially ruled-out for Monday night's game against the 49ers in San Francisco. Cutler suffered a concussion in week 10 and was removed from the game against the Houston Texans. He has a history of concussions, reportedly between four and six total.
This means that Jason Campbell will get the start on Monday. Campbell finished the game against the Texans, going 11/19 for 94 yards and a 70.9 passer rating. He threw no touchdowns or interceptions in a game the Bears wound-up losing 6-13.
Campbell started 70 of 71 games in his time with the Redskins and Raiders after coming out of Auburn University. He is generally considered an average quarterback, having his ups and downs but never quite reaching that next level. Clearly Cutler is the better player, but Campbell has a ton of experience and is a pretty good backup.
It remains to be seen if the 49ers will be forced to start their backup QB, Colin Kaepernick, as Alex Smith recovers from his own concussion suffered in the tie game against the Rams last Sunday. Smith has been cleared for non-contact but the team likely will not announce his status for Monday until the inactives are released 90 minutes prior to kickoff.
At this point though at least one backup QB will be the starter in this tough primetime NFC matchup. Can the 49ers take advantage of Campbell and use this to their advantage? Or will the limited amount of recent tape in the Bears system mean they won't know entirely what to expect?