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Golden Nuggets: Colin Kaepernick the center of discussion on Wednesday

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49ers links for Thursday, October 8, 2015.

Good morning! The San Francisco 49ers are back at practice this week, getting ready for the New York Giants. Wednesday meant we heard from Jim Tomsula, Colin Kaepernick and special teams coach Thomas McGaughey. You can watch their full videos below. I have also posted Kaepernick and McGaughey transcripts.

Tomsula and Kaepernick's press conferences focused on Kap's struggles the last two weeks. Tomsula was asked whether he had to speak with Trent Baalke before making a decision at the starting QB role. Tomsula said it was 100 percent his decision. He has repeatedly said he will not replace Kap, but the questions are not going to go away if Kap keeps struggling. If he does continue struggling, it will be interesting to see how these press conferences progress in the coming weeks. This is kind of a big game if the 49ers want to slow down this potentially runaway train.

Ahmad Brooks absence

49ers LB Brooks excused for family reason (Maiocco)
49ers notes: Brooks excused from practice; Hodges arrives (Barrows)
49ers offensive line will practice without Staley, Boone (Inman)
San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks leaves team for 'family reasons' (Gutierrez)

Video

1-on-1: 49ers DB Jimmie Ward (49ers.com)
Thomas McGaughey Gives Update on Special Teams (49ers.com)
Colin Kaepernick Talks Confidence Level for Week 5 (49ers.com)
49ers Honor Breast Cancer Warriors (49ers.com)
49ers Spend Afternoon Reading with Students (49ers.com)
Jim Tomsula Week 5 Press Conference (49ers.com)

Colin Kaepernick talk

49ers Tomsula wants Kaepernick to be 'a confident man' (Inman)
Colin Kaepernick Gets Advice from Jim Tomsula: 'Play to Win' (49ers.com)
Tomsula: 49ers sticking with Kap '100 percent' my decision (Maiocco)
‘I believe in the quarterback.’ Tomsula, 49ers trying to boost Kaepernick’s confidence (Barrows)
49ers Tomsula wants Kaepernick to be 'a confident man' (Inman)
Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco 49ers -- 'I don't play for job security' (Gutierrez)
Kaepernick: 'I'm not worried about job security' (Maiocco)
49ers Colin Kaepernick says work is the only way to fight through his recent struggles (Biderman)
Tomsula wants a confident starting quarterback, but does he have one? (Pro Football Talk)
How much will it cost the 49ers cut to Colin Kaepernick at season's end? (Gutierrez)
49ers Colin Kaepernick not worried about job security (Inman)

Jarryd Hayne

Coach: Hayne to blame for late fair catch, muffed punt (Maiocco)
49ers Jarryd Hayne blamed for punt-return blunder (Inman)
Former Australian Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne is still learning the ropes of punt returning (Biderman)