49ers notes: New arrival for Harbaugh – son Jack

Published: Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012 - 5:38 pm

SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh wasted no time Wednesday ticking off the stats of his latest addition to his roster: 8 pounds, 8 ounces and born Tuesday at 1:27 p.m.

Harbaugh made a mad dash out of the locker room Tuesday, and he missed the annual team photo. On Wednesday, the 49ers coach explained why. He and his wife, Sarah, had their third child Tuesday.

Harbaugh has three other children from a previous marriage.

Jim Harbaugh said the newest Harbaugh – Jack – arrived 10 days early.

"Which is to be expected," he said. "The good ones like to come in early. And also I think it bodes well for the 49ers. … Jack being born on the fourth day of the ninth month of the year."

Harbaugh's father is Jack and his mother is Jackie.

Harbaugh said his wife deserved a "gold medal in timing;" it's far better that young Jack was born Tuesday than, say, Sunday.

But even if that had happened, Harbaugh insists he would have been in Green Bay on game day.

"Wild horses couldn't have dragged us away from this game coming up this Sunday. Irrelevant, hypothetical," Harbaugh said with a laugh.

Rodgers plays defense – Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a block for the opposition Wednesday.

Asked to comment on Alex Smith's label as a "game manager," Rodgers said he felt it was a "condescending term" for a quarterback.

"I don't think he's a game manager," Rodgers said. "He's a guy that takes care of the football and makes a lot of plays. To throw that many times and only throw five interceptions, I don't think he gets the respect he deserves."

Smith attempted 445 passes last season and was intercepted just five times. Rodgers had 502 attempts and six interceptions. But Rodgers also had 48 touchdowns – 45 passing – compared to 18 overall for Smith.

Rodgers' support of Smith underscores the fraternity among NFL quarterbacks. Drew Brees heaped praise on Smith this offseason, saying, "I have a lot of respect for Alex. I can appreciate the road he's traveled to get to where he is."

Smith and Rodgers have been friendly since they went through the predraft process together in 2005. They hung out in Smith's hometown of San Diego during the offseason, and they were among several NFL quarterbacks at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe, where Rodgers finished with the better score.

"We were kind of pitted against each other coming out of college … and we kind of became pretty good friends," Smith said.

Said Rodgers: "I've been friends with him since we were 21, and I've followed his career. It's been nice to be able to reconnect over the last year or so. I definitely pull for him, and I enjoy watching him play."

Injuries – Ted Ginn (ankle) and Brandon Jacobs (knee) missed practice, increasing the likelihood that neither will play Sunday in Green Bay.

If Ginn can't play, Kyle Williams will take over punt-return duties and Kendall Hunter will handle kickoffs. If Jacobs is out, Anthony Dixon will be tapped for short-yardage duty.

The Packers, meanwhile, listed seven players on their injury report, including running back James Starks (toe), who is out for Sunday's game, and nose tackle BJ Raji (ankle), who was limited in Wednesday's practice.

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