SANTA CLARA -- Alex Smith often wore a San Francisco Giants' cap to last season's post-game press conferences. If the 49ers quarterback does so again, he says he'll be fined $15,000 by the NFL.
The reason: A Giants cap constitutes non-sponsored gear, and players must abide by the NFL's dress code before, during and after games "when visible to the stadium and television audience."
One proposed solution: Have the Giants fund that post-game attire for such a loyal fan.
"Yeah, can you call Larry Baer for me?" Smith asked in reference to the Giants' chief executive.
Smith said the league retracted an initial fine of $15,000 and instead issued him a warning to discontinue such headgear. The man who imposes such fines: former 49ers safety Merton Hanks, who works in the league office.
A league spokesman did not corroborate Smith's report, other than to forward a passage of the NFL rule book regarding game-day visibility. According to Rule 5, Section 4, Article 6: "Players are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or orally promoting equipment, apparel, or other items that carry commercial names or logos/identifications of companies, unless such commercial identification has been approved in advance by the League office."
Smith has not worn his black, Giants cap after either of the 49ers' two wins this season.
Smith's helmet is more of a concern on game days. He is sporting a fresh scab across the bridge of his nose
Smith said he won't be changing helmets for Sunday's game at Minnesota.
And don't expect him to abandon his allegiance to the Giants. He even knows their magic number to clinch a playoff spot, offering that information during a morning appearance on, that's right, the Giants' flagship station, KNBR 680-AM.
-- Ted Ginn Jr.'s return to the practice field apparently did not last long. After catching a few passes in one-on-none drills, Ginn pulled himself out of the final 10 minutes of warmups. As team drills began, Ginn talked with coach Jim Harbaugh and headed to a side field for, presumably, more individual conditioning.
Ginn hasn't played this season nor practiced since injuring his right ankle in an Aug. 26 exhibition at Denver.
-- Running back Brandon Jacobs suited up for potentially his first practice since an Aug. 18 injury to his left knee. However, Jacobs did individual conditioning on a side field with the training staff during the 30-minute media window.
-- Linebacker Aldon Smith was credited with an additional half-sack, giving him 1½ in Sunday's win over the Lions and 2 ½ on the season. Ray McDonald was credited with the other half of that sack Sunday.
-- Linebacker Eric Bakhtiari, who failed to make the final cut after the exhibition season, was back in uniform, re-signed to a two-year deal and will wear No. 96. He fills a roster spot created by Clark Haggans' three-game suspension.
-- Long snapper Brian Jennings' wife Nicole gave birth to their second son, Max, at 2:11 a.m. Monday.