LONDON – San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee was named the NFC special teams player of the week for his precision work in a win at Tennessee on Sunday. Lee pinned Tennessee's offense inside its own 20-yard line on three of his six punts.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick said he thinks the team got back to a normal routine Wednesday after arriving in London on Monday. He said the start of practice Wednesday made it feel like a normal week again.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said the team celebrated the birthdays of special-teamer Bubba Ventrone (“He’s the youngest-looking 31-year-old I think I’ve ever come across”) and running back LaMichael James this week.
Kaepernick again touted running back Frank Gore as a future Hall of Famer.
"Frank, like I’ve always said, he does everything for us," Kaepernick said. "If we ask him to do something, he’s going to do it. If we need him to adjust to something, he’s going to do it. He’s somebody that handles that very well, as well as our downhill run game. I think he’s a Hall of Fame running back not because he can just handle run schemes, but he’s probably the best pass-blocker in the league at running back. And also he’s a threat out of the backfield. So, he’s a running back that can really do it all."
Speaking of 49ers Hall of Famers, Joe Montana is in London this week for the festivities leading up to the game. Kaepernick said he has met Montana in the past and relished their time together.
“He was a very kind person, had a lot of good words for me,” Kaepernick said. “So it was something that I really took to heart when he was talking to me.”