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High praise for Niners QB Kaepernick

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received high praise from ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski and managed to take it in stride.

"I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever," Jaworski said Wednesday on ESPN. "I love his skill set. I think the sky's the limit."

Kaepernick was asked how he handles such lofty projections.

"I'm working," he responded. "To me, it's a great honour he said that. I'm very flattered by it. But at the same time, I haven't played a full season yet."

Kaepernick took over as the 49ers starting quarterback after Alex Smith was injured last season and led San Francisco to the Super Bowl.

He emerged as one of the NFL's most potent dual-threat quarterbacks, throwing for 1,814 yards and 10 touchdowns in seven regular-season games and rushing for 415 yards and five touchdowns.

He threw four touchdown passes in three post-season games and rushed for 181 yards in the NFC division playoffs against Green Bay, setting the single-game NFL playoff rushing record for a quarterback.

The 49ers are considered a Super Bowl contender this season and Kaepernick, after just 10 NFL starts, is one of the league's biggest stars.

Kaepernick also appears on the cover of the latest GQ magazine.

 

Lee inks extension

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee signed a six-year contract extension Wednesday, a deal that goes through the 2019 season.

A story on the team's website Wednesday night said Lee's deal is worth about $42 million, but could escalate as high as $51 million depending on different incentives. The guaranteed money is around $16 million.

"I'm extremely excited. I was blessed to be able to be drafted by a great franchise," Lee said in a video interview posted along with the story. "To have an opportunity to be here a long time and hopefully compete for a Super Bowl is fantastic."

 

Foster back to work

HOUSTON -- Houston running back Arian Foster was removed from the physically unable to perform list Wednesday and practised with the Texans for the first time since May.

Foster strained his right calf in an off-season practice in late May and struggled with a sore back after recovering from that injury.

"It's really important," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's been working, it's not like he's been standing around. He's been trying to get all that soreness out and he felt really good the last two days. I think we took a big step forward."

Kubiak thought that Foster would have returned to practice sooner than he did, but he understood why he was out as long as he was.

"I was watching him work and watching what he was going though so I felt confident that we were close and ready to go," Kubiak said. "I also understand how important it was that they did it at the right time. The key is Arian felt good about it today and that's the most important thing."

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2013 D4

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