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Friday, October 25, 2013
49ers on the loose in London

By Bill Williamson

LONDON -- With the heavy-lifting of game-week preparation out of the way, the San Francisco 49ers exchanged their helmets for their camera phones Friday afternoon.

The team went sightseeing after Friday’s practice as it moved to London for the weekend. The 49ers had been staying about 20 miles out of town.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh was excited about the upcoming expedition after practice Friday. A history buff and avid fan of Winston Churchill, Harbaugh said he was hoping to visit Churchill’s war cabinet offices.

"That would be a highlight of my life," Harbaugh said.

In other 49ers’ notes:

The 53-man roster is pretty healthy. All but rookie Quinton Patton, who has been out for a month, are expected to play Sunday against Jacksonville. Expect receiver Mario Manningham, cornerback Eric Wright and defensive lineman Tank Carradine all to be activated from the physically unable to perform list prior to the team’s game against Carolina after the bye. Barring something unexpected, no moves will likely be made before Sunday’s game.

The 49ers held their final practice in England at the impressive Allianz Park, the home of the Saracens rugby team. The grass field they replaced on Wednesday and Thursday at the resort they were staying at was soggy. Harbaugh told his team the experience could be valuable Sunday if the conditions are bad at Wembley Stadium. A huge storm is expected to hit England on Monday and Sunday night could be the start of it. Kickoff is 5 p.m. local time.

Safety Donte Whitner has practiced all week after suffering what he said Friday was a small knee sprain.

Whitner told British media Friday he has been to London eight times and he would be up for playing for a franchise in England if it ever happened.

The 49ers are traveling more than 32,000 miles this season, the most of any NFL team.

"It's something that we're used to," Harbaugh said. "It's that old saying -- you'll play 'em anytime, anywhere, any place."

Tennessee linebacker Akeem Ayers was fined $15,750 for his unnecessary roughness penalty against the 49ers on Sunday.