CHICAGO — Kyle Orton has a starting job and J.T. O'Sullivan will try to lock one up, too.
While Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith declared Orton the winner in the race with Rex Grossman, San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan wasn't quite ready to name O'Sullivan the regular-season starter.
Sure, he will take the first snaps at Soldier Field today, but Nolan stopped short of declaring the competition with holdovers Alex Smith and Shaun Hill over.
"Some are getting more reps than others, but I've been pleased with all three of them," Nolan said. "I do feel confident we have three guys who can win games."
The third preseason game usually is a rehearsal for the opener, but if O'Sullivan is going to start the opener against Arizona on Sept. 7, the announcement apparently will come later. That's fine with him. He's just focusing on the upcoming game after starting the first two.
"I'm just worried about this week and I don't really let myself feel anything about it," said O'Sullivan, a sixth-year pro with his eighth team. "I'm really trying to kind of worry about the preparation for this game this week."
The same goes for Smith.
"I'm worrying about Chicago and the reps I'm going to get, and what I need to do with them," he said.
QUICK HITTERS — Rams running back Steven Jackson ended his holdout while his agent continues negotiations for a new contract. ... Eagles receiver Kevin Curtis will have surgery today to repair a sports hernia and will likely miss the start of the regular season. ... Five-time Pro Bowl center Tom Nalen will undergo another arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today, but Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is holding out hope that Nalen will be ready for the season opener at Oakland on Sept. 8.