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QB Smith uncertain for Monday tilt

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith practiced again on Saturday, however his availability is still uncertain for the game against the Chicago Bears.

Smith suffered a concussion last week against the St. Louis Rams.

He still hasn't been cleared to play by doctors, and the 49ers (6-2-1) might not get a final verdict on his status until hours before Monday's showdown against the Chicago Bears (7-2).

"Alex is still going through the protocol right now," offensive co-ordinator Greg Roman said Saturday. "And that's in the doctor's hands. When we know, you will probably know."

Rob Ryan seeks vengeance today

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas defensive co-ordinator Rob Ryan doesn't pretend to ignore that the Cowboys are playing Cleveland for the first time since the Browns dumped him when they fired Eric Mangini two years ago.

Even when he's pretending.

"Honestly, I'm going to say no," Ryan said when asked if he had discussed this week's personal motivation with his players. "Honestly, I haven't talked about it. Honestly, I don't know how that got out there."

How about dishonestly?

"I've addressed a few things," said Ryan, the twin brother of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.

Ryan says Sunday's game at Cowboys Stadium is personal for a pretty simple reason. He didn't think two years was enough to try to turn a franchise that has now missed the playoffs nine straight years and reached the post-season just twice since 1990.

To him, it doesn't really matter that Cleveland's ownership and front office changed in midseason, and that more changes are likely in the off-season.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 18, 2012 B7

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