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The final battles

The 49ers enter Thursday night's exhibition finale at San Diego with most of their starting jobs and several defined roles already set for their Sept. 11 regular-season opener. But not all of them are set. Here's a look at the final battles that are still raging for specific roles on the final roster heading into San Francisco's final preseason tune-up against the Chargers.

Quarterback The battle: Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick The skinny: Though by all appearances Smith will enter the regular season as San Francisco's starting quarterback for the fourth time since he was selected by the team with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 NFL draft, coach Jim Harbaugh still has not announced that decision yet. Since both quarterbacks have struggled mightily during the...

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