San Francisco 49ers

Chris Cook praised for foiling Rams’ surprise

SANTA CLARA -- Reserve cornerback Chris Cook received praise from Jim Harbaugh Wednesday for sniffing out a fake-punt attempt by the Rams in the fourth quarter Monday.

Cook entered the game as a gunner, something he hadn't done this season, when Jimmie Ward injured his quardriceps in the second half. He said he was supposed to be on the other side of the field but decided to cover quarterback Austin Davis when he saw Davis line up in the punt formation.

“I just saw him standing out there and I went out there,” Cook said. “I was supposed to be on the other side.”

With their surprise foiled, the Rams let the play clock run out and took a delay-of-game penalty before punting.

“Chris did a fantastic job on special teams,” Harbaugh said. “Heads up, alert play when they lined up for a fake punt, and Chris diagnosed it. ... Real good heads up play by him.”

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