The 49ers feel prepared to face explosive New Orleans Saints return man Darren Sproles because of a week of practice that included chasing around rookie running LaMichael James.
James, a second-round draft pick, has not suited up for a game this season. At practice he wore No. 43, playing the role of Sproles, who is expected to return to action after missing three games with a hand injury.
"LaMichael James has been helpful," Gooden said. "If Sproles is playing, we'll be ready for him.
"He looks the same to me. Both of the guys are short and have those quick movements. He's been working with us all week running routes and getting us prepared."
James is also benefiting from the experience, Harbaugh said.
"He's been a wide receiver a lot of times in practice and running back coming out of the backfield," Harbaugh said. "His hands have improved so much and his route-running ability. I think it was quite a good look for our defense this week with LaMichael."
found this encouraging.
[ Edited by Oakland-Niner on Nov 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM ]