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August 21, 2013
49ers notes: Harbaugh solves Mystery of the Black Jersey


Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday solved the Mystery of the Black Jersey.

For the last two days, quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been wearing a black jersey in practice, which typically is worn by someone who is injured or just returning from an injury. Kaepernick, however, is perfectly healthy. Instead, Kaepernick's black jersey is meant to reinforce the rule that the quarterbacks aren't to be hit, which outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks nearly broke in a recent practice.

"Felt like as the defense was running a stunt, and Ahmad came free and was a little too close to Colin," Harbaugh said. "So (the jersey is) a way to re-emphasize to stay away from Colin Kaepernick, so we don't get anything freakish happen in practice."

Harbaugh also used the word "freakish" Friday in explaining why Kaepernick played only four snaps against the Chiefs. "In the second week of preseason we didn't want anything freakish to happen to him," he said.

Kaepernick said he didn't know whether the odd-colored jersey - it has a red No. 7 - made the defense more cautious or not. All he knows is that he doesn't want special treatment. "I'm not a fan of the jersey," he said.

Kaepernick received special praise today from former quarterback Ron Jaworski, who on ESPN said the 49ers quarterback "could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. I love his skill set. I think the sky's the limit." Jaworski picked the 49ers to repeat as NFC Champions.

Relayed Jaworski's words, Kaepernick said, "To me, it's a great honor that he said that. Very flattered by it, but at the same time I haven't played a full season yet." Kaepernick started 10 games last season, including the Super Bowl. The 49ers were 7-3 in those starts.

Harbaugh said that running back Kendall Hunter would get some snaps in Sunday's game against the Vikings and that rookie tight end Vance McDonald, who missed the Chiefs game, would be back in action as well.

Hunter was recovering from an Achilles' tear suffered in November. He returned to practice on a limited basis on Aug. 10 but was not fully cleared until this week. Hunter said he was at full strength and was not thinking about his injury. "As soon as you touch the ball, everything else goes away," he said.

Backup safety Ray "Bubba" Ventrone was back at practice today after missing an extended period with a leg injury. Ventrone played for special teams coach Brad Seely in Cleveland and could land a spot on the roster as a special teams ace.

Linebacker Nate Stupar and safety Darcel McBath remain out. McBath injured his foot chasing down Kansas City punt returner Devon Wylie Friday and is likely to be out a while.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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