SANTA CLARA -- Coach Jim Harbaugh protected Colin Kaepernick in the 49ers' first two exhibition games with limited playing time.
And, now, he's protecting the team's franchise quarterback against friendly fire, too.
Kaepernick on Tuesday fashioned a new black practice jersey with the red No. 7. Harbaugh decided the new distinguishing jersey was warranted after he had a scare during Monday's practice against the first-team defense.
"And (I) felt like as the defense was running a stunt, and Ahmad (Brooks) 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 might have been scared, but the apparent close call barely registered with Kaepernick.
"It didn't scare me at all," he said.
Kaepernick added, "Not a fan of the jersey."