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Morning Tailgate: 49ers Keep ‘Kap’ Clean

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Colin Kaepernick has been wearing a black jersey in practice for a very specific purpose.

The 49ers typically wear three differently colored jerseys during practices. The offensive and defensive players alternate daily between wearing red and white, and players from both units “working through something” sport blue. Someone wearing this hue might as well have a sign on their helmet that says, “Don’t tackle me.”

So you can imagine why Colin Kaepernick was wearing black on the field the last two days.

With Kaepernick’s offense facing San Francisco’s first-team defense in team drills on Monday, linebacker Ahmad Brooks charged through the offensive line toward his team’s starting quarterback.

“I felt like as the defense was running a stunt that Ahmad came free and was a little too close to Colin,” Jim Harbaugh said of the tackle-free session. “So as a way to reemphasize to stay away from Colin Kaepernick, so we don’t get anything freakish in practice.”

The coach has expressed the same justification for Kaepernick’s limited action through two preseason games; the third-year pro has played a total of two series entering Sunday night’s exhibition opposite the Minnesota Vikings.

How did Kaepernick feel about Brooks bearing down on him?

“Didn’t scare me at all,” Kaepernick said, adding later: “I’m not a fan of the jersey.

“I don’t worry about (how the defense plays). I’m out there to practice on my game.”

Similarly, the signal-caller is not rooting to be on the sideline. The competitor in him “would play every snap if they let me.”

That, of course, won’t happen again on Sunday at Candlestick Park.

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com focused on Kaepernick’s history and future with Jon Baldwin.

Cam Inman provided Kaepernick’s reaction to the “greatest” quarterback comment of a ESPN commentator.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle said that A.J. Jenkins should be viewed through Jim Harbaugh.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com reviewed NFC West teams’ recent drafting at the wide receiver position.

49ers.com spoke with running back Kendall Hunter about his upcoming preseason debut.







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