Tramaine Brock, who coach Jim Harbaugh suggested this week will remain as the 49ers' No. 3 cornerback even after veteran Nnamdi Asomugha returns from a knee injury, was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, the NFL announced Wednesday morning.
Brock set the tone for the 49ers' 34-3 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday night when he intercepted a Matt Schaub pass on the opening series of the game and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. He later added a second interception against Schaub while in coverage against star wide receiver Andre Johnson. And Brock also had great downfield coverage on rookie speedster DeAndre Hopkins and drew an offensive pass-interference penalty.
Brock has taken advantage of his opportunities after taking over for Asomugha, who has sat out the past two games with a right knee injury. Asomugha returned to limited practice last week, and should be available for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. But Brock will not be coming out of the lineup, Harbaugh said.
“Really pleased with the way Tramaine is ascending,” Harbaugh said Monday. “When you play like that, you’re going to continue to play. So I’m sure there will be more opportunity for him. So we’re excited about that.”
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Brock, a fourth-year player, is playing this season on a $1.323 million tender after the 49ers retained him as a restricted free agent. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.