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Colin Kaepernick's 49ers jersey has been the highest seller of any NFL player since April 1, ahead of Russell Wilson and Robert Griffin III.

49ers notes: If the NFL jersey's a fit, it's likely a Kap

Published: Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2C
Last Modified: Sunday, Jul. 21, 2013 - 7:53 am

American summer attire: flip flops, shorts and – judging from recent sales – a red and gold No. 7 jersey with "Kaepernick" across the back.

Yes, Colin Kaepernick's 49ers jersey was the NFL's top seller from April 1 through June 30, according to a report in Yahoo Sports, which cited numbers from NFLShop.com and retailer Fanatics.com. Kaepernick, 25, has made just 10 NFL starts, but he took his team to the Super Bowl in February and will begin his first full season as the 49ers' starter this season.

Kaepernick has wide-ranging appeal, and it seems he's been everywhere this offseason.

Earlier this week, he won an ESPY award, edging NFC West counterpart Russell Wilson for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year. He also has appeared at the Country Music Awards, shot an advertisement for Jaguar (he was compensated with a new sports car) and had his picture taken with first lady Michelle Obama. He also appeared without his jersey – or any other clothes – in ESPN the Magazine's "The Body Issue" this month.

Kaepernick beat Wilson and another popular, young quarterback, Washington's Robert Griffin III, in summer jersey sales. The 49ers will play Wilson and the Seahawks in Weeks 2 and 14. They visit Griffin and the Redskins in Week 12.

Rounding out the top five in sales were more established players, running back Adrian Peterson of the Vikings and quarterback Peyton Manning of the Broncos.

Nine still idled – At least nine 49ers who sat out spring practices with injuries will continue to watch from the sideline when training camp begins this week.

That includes four rookies – defensive lineman Tank Carradine, defensive lineman Quinton Dial, running back Marcus Lattimore and tackle Luke Marquardt – who were placed on the active/non-football injury list.

There also are four veterans – linebacker Darius Fleming, running back Kendall Hunter, wide receiver Mario Manningham and receiver Kyle Williams – on the active/physically unable to perform list. Receiver Michael Crabtree also is expected to be on the PUP or injured reserve list when he reports to training camp.

Hunter (Achilles' tendon) and Williams (ACL) were injured during the same game Nov. 25. Each appeared to be close to returning to full strength last month, and Williams even participated in some drills. Fleming injured his knee in the spring, but it was not considered a serious injury. Manningham (ACL) is expected to miss most or all of the preseason and is questionable for the start of the regular season. Crabtree (Achilles') will miss at least the first three months of the regular season.

The good news is some other veterans who sat out spring practices appear to be at full strength, including Justin Smith (arm), Aldon Smith (shoulder), Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), Mike Iupati (shoulder), Joe Staley (knee) and Frank Gore (preservation).

Carradine (ACL) and Dial (toe) are expected to recover before the regular season, although their timeline has not been determined. Lattimore (ACL) could sit out his rookie season after a gruesome knee injury in October. Marquardt (foot) appears to be behind Carradine and Dial in his recovery. Dial tore a ligament in his big toe last season with Alabama, played through the injury and had offseason surgery.

Read Matthew Barrows' blogs and archives at www.sacbee.com/sf49ers and listen for his reports Tuesdays on ESPN Radio 1320. Follow him on Twitter @mattbarrows.

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