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49ers quarterback situation: Who will start Sunday vs. the Saints

We take a look at the 49ers budding potential quarterback controversy following Colin Kaepernick's huge game against the Chicago Bears.

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Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith moving forward

We take a look at the 49ers quarterback controversy and what to make of Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith moving forward from the 49ers Week 12 win over the New Orleans Saints.

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Kaepernick to start vs. Saints - few shocked

We take a look at the news that Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

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Jim Harbaugh will not declare starter for Sunday

We break down Jim Harbaugh's Friday comments about the 49ers quarterback situation, and who will start on Sunday against the Saints.

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Donte Whitner says Kaepernick starting Sunday

As if the 49ers quarterback situation/controversy/decision/whatever had not grown any more bizarre, we now have non-coaches providing some details. 49ers safety Donte Whitner appeared on the Dan Patrick Show this morning and told PFT's Mike Florio that Colin Kaepernick is the starter for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

he expects Harbaugh to announce a starter before the team travels to New Orleans on Friday afternoon. This is not shocking news, but given how the coaching staff has tried to keep things relatively hush-hush, I'd be interested to hear what Harbaugh has had to say to the team and what he will have to say at practice later today. The coaching staff has said no decision had been made before yesterday, but I think most people figure a decision has been made but they want to keep the Saints coaches and players guessing.

This all comes as Matt Maiocco is reporting Alex Smith has still not received final medical clearance, and may not get it until the team gets to New Orleans. Thursday afternoon, ESPN was reporting he had received final clearance, but that would appear to be contradicted by this report.

At this point, I really think the only surprise would be if Alex Smith ended up getting the start on Sunday. It was a bit of a surprise this past Monday when word got out that Kaepernick would get the start. I imagine the Saints have spent much of the week focusing on Kaepernick. They likely studied Smith some as well, but I have to think they focused on the more unknown factor in this.

I won't say things are a mess, since Coach Harbaugh likely feels in control of the situation. But it's certainly a bizarre situation. Coach Harbaugh is meeting the media at 1:45pm, shortly before the team departs for New Orleans. According to MM, Vernon Davis said he expects Harbaugh to name a starter by Friday afternoon before the team leaves for New Orleans. Maybe that already happened. Or I suppose, maybe not.

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As the QB situation turns....

We provide an update on the Colin Kaepernick, Alex Smith situation as the 49ers figure out their quarterback for Sunday's game against the Saints

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49ers injury report, Roman comments

We break down the 49ers and Saints Week 12 Thursday practice participation reports.

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Rule No. 1: Football is a business

San Francisco 49ers head coach made a surprise midseason change at quarterback. We discuss the situation, as well as the possible implications.

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Colin Kaepernick news impacts 49ers-Saints line

We break down the 49ers-Saints spread in light of the news that Colin Kaepernick may be starting on Sunday.

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Colin Kaepernick will reportedly start Sunday

We break down the report from Jim Trotter that Colin Kaepernick will start in place of Alex Smith against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

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49ers injury report features Alex Smith, secondary

We break down the 49ers and Saints Week 12 Wednesday practice participation reports.

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Jim Harbaugh holding QB cards close to his chest

We break down some of Jim Harbaugh's comments related to the 49ers QB situation heading into Week 12 against the New Orleans Saints.

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Vernon Davis 'can't choose sides' in QB uproar

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis has mixed emotions following the big Monday night victory over the Chicago Bears.

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