Kaepernick Seizes Lead in 49ers' Derby

Kaepernick Seizes Lead in 49ers' Derby

On the same day he declined to publicly name a starting quarterback, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh informed incumbent Alex Smith that Colin Kaepernick would get the nod Sunday at New Orleans, a source told SI.com.

"I'm going with Kaepernick," Harbaugh told Smith per the source. "Alex, I'm sorry."

Smith sat out Monday's 32-7 win over the Bears because of complications from a concussion he sustained against the Rams the previous game. Kaepernick subbed for him and was outstanding in his first career start, completing 16 of 23 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns, no turnovers and a 133.1 rating against a defense that began the night No. 1 in takeaways, No. 5 against the pass and 10th overall.

It's unclear whether Smith has been medically cleared to return, but the source said Harbaugh informed him that the decision was not health-related.

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