SANTA CLARA -- Colin Kaepernick apparently is coping well after his worst statistical passing game as the 49ers' starting quarterback.

Kaepernick, who accounted for four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble) in Sunday's 29-3 loss at Seattle, is responding in stoic fashion.

"Colin's a guy that doesn't get on an emotional roller coaster, he doesn't take the sucker's bet," offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. "He understands the NFL season is one ripe with great highs and hopefully a few lows, but they're inevitable and it's how you work through them.

"When you do have great success, or just the opposite, it's about remaining levelheaded. It comes naturally to him to approach it that way. He doesn't panic."

Kaepernick practiced Wednesday in full fashion despite appearing on the team's injury report with a foot ailment. He did not mention that issue during his Wednesday media briefing and hasn't been seen limping or favoring either foot.

Instead, Kaepernick continues to impress his teammates with his typical work ethic.

"He's the same Kap to me," center Jonathan Goodwin said. "He's had his head up all week. He's practicing and focusing just as hard."

Kaepernick will look to extend his streak of never losing consecutive starts. He went 5-2 as a starter last regular season before the 49ers' playoff run to the Super Bowl. In those bounce-back wins over Miami and Arizona, he was 34 of 51 for 461 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.


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In Sunday's loss, Kaepernick was 13 of 28 for 127 yards passing, and he ran nine times for 87 yards, often being flushed from the pocket.

Roman said of Kaepernick's ability to avoid hard tackles on scrambles: "He's got a real good sense on how to end the play, so to speak, and really trust those instincts."

  • Tight end Vernon Davis (left hamstring) did not practice for a second straight day but is expected to play Sunday. "I don't know what kind of blood he has flowing through his body, but he's healing really well," Roman said.

  • Justin Smith (shoulder) returned to practice after missing Wednesday's session, but fellow defensive tackle Ray McDonald (ankles) remained out. McDonald showed no pain as he slipped off his sneakers in the locker room while stepping on the back of his heels.

  • Linebackers Aldon Smith (back) and NaVorro Bowman (left wrist) practiced. Safety Eric Reid (concussion) did so in a no-contact jersey.

  • Goodwin took notice when he heard Wednesday night's winning Powerball ticket was purchased 10 minutes from his family's home in South Carolina. "I started to make a couple calls," Goodwin said. "I drive through there (a Lexington convenience store) all the time."

  • Kendall Hunter played only 15 snaps and had just one carry (for minus-7 yards) against the Seahawks. The 49ers prefer utilizing Frank Gore in pass-protection situations. But Roman stated he likes how Hunter looks, adding: "I'm sure he'll have a great game this week."

  • Running back LaMichael James practiced in limited fashion, three weeks after spraining his left knee in the exhibition finale.

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