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Column: Is Kaepernick worth the risk this year?

Updated: December 2, 2012, 8:24 PM ET
Associated Press

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By TIM DAHLBERG

AP Sports Columnist

It was just a few months ago -- also known as forever in NFL time -- that San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh stood in front of the media and proclaimed his love for Alex Smith.

After Sunday's debacle in St. Louis, Harbaugh might want to do it again.

That Colin Kaepernick is a fine young talent who may someday win a Super Bowl for the 49ers or some other team isn't up for debate. He has a rare combination of ...

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