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Expect losing quarterback to keep both his eyebrows

Published: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4C
Last Modified: Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013 - 9:10 am

SANTA CLARA – The eyebrow bet between Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson is advertising make believe. So, it seems, is their chumminess.

"Just had a few brief conversations in between shoots," Kaepernick said about his relationship with his Seattle counterpart.

Has that relationship continued since their commercial shoot? Do they text each other?

"No," said Kaepernick.

Kaepernick and Russell met in Los Angeles during the offseason to shoot a series of commercials for EA Sports. At the end of each, the two are side-by-side intently playing a video game like a couple of longtime buddies. In one, Wilson kisses his bicep and asks Kaepernick if he's doing it correctly. In another, they bet on their upcoming game – the loser has to shave off one of his eyebrows.

Wilson said Tuesday the bet was "not real serious."

"It was more of just a friendly, joking-around type deal," he told Seattle's KJR radio station. "We'll probably do something digitally. Something like that."

Asked who he thought would look better with just one eyebrow, the no-mirth Kaepernick said, "I'm not thinking about that. I'm worried about getting the win."

Honk if you love the 49ers – Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is sticking to his guns when it comes to Honkgate.

After the second 49ers-Seahawks game last season, Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman told Yahoo! Sports that Harbaugh honked, saluted and otherwise mocked the Seahawks' team bus following a 49ers victory at Candlestick Park earlier in the year.

"He honked his horn at the bus and waved," Sherman said. "That happened – a bunch of the guys told me. Yeah, he was (honking)."

At the time, Harbaugh called it a "fabrication." Asked if he would be in his car at that time, he said, "I can't think of a time when I've left the game and the other team's still been there this entire season."

Thomas, however, didn't back down when asked about the alleged incident Wednesday.

"It's just that he has a lot of personality," Thomas said of Harbaugh. "And that's all fun and games. It's good for the sport of football. … He's a competitor it seems like, and our coach is the same way. I don't think our coach would do that, but I'm not trying to get into that. I'm just trying to get ready for this game."

Did it feel like you were being mocked?

"Of course we took it that way," Thomas said. "But the good thing about it is, when you carry yourself like a champion on and off the field, good stuff is going to happen for you, and of course we'll use that stuff for motivation."

The Seahawks won the rematch 42-13. It was Harbaugh's worst loss as 49ers coach – and it was on his 49th birthday.

Injuries – The Seahawks' defense, without several key starters Sunday in Charlotte, N.C., is still limping this week.

Cornerback Brandon Browner (hamstring), defensive tackle Jordan Hill (biceps), safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) and defensive tackle Brandon Mebane (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Defensive ends Cliff Avril (hamstring) and Chris Clemons (knee) and wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee) were limited.

The only 49er on the injury report was running back LaMichael James, who missed practice with a sprained knee.

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