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Following the 49ers' third and final joint practice with the Ravens, Colin Kaepernick spoke to reporters.
When asked about Aldon Smith, the 49ers' quarterback didn't hold back.
"He’s a freak of nature out there," Kaepernick said while smiling. "When you have Joe Staley come back to the huddle during training camp and is like, ‘I’m really not sure how to try to attack him. I just have to try to slow him down’.
"So you really can’t block him. That’s a good thing to know when you’re on offense and he’s on defense for you. But he’s looked great. He’s done a lot of good things, he’s in great shape and he’s been playing well."
Kaepernick wasn't alone in his praise.
"He’s had a heck-of-a week here," Jim Harbaugh declared. "He’s had a heck-of-a training camp. He’s really … yeah he’s taken his game to the highest level...
"I think if you talk to anybody here, he’s at the highest level of that position."
But how many regular season games will Smith suit up for this season?
He met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last Thursday in New York, and is expected to receive a suspension.
The 49ers are bracing for Smith to receive a six-to-eight game suspension, a source told 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco.
Others foresee an outcome in which Smith is suspended for six games with the ability to return two weeks earlier with good behavior.