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Colin Kaepernick again wears prohibited headphones to podium

ST. LOUIS. -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the San Francisco 49ers' 31-17 defeat of the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome:

  • A week after being fined $10K by the NFL for wearing Beats by Dre headphones in his postgame presser -- the league has an exclusive deal with Bose -- QB Colin Kaepernick again wore his pink headphones to the podium around his neck. This time, though, he was seen putting white tape over the logos on the ears. Will it matter to the NFL? Stay tuned.

  • All-Pro inside linebacker Patrick Willis left the locker room wearing a walking boot on his left foot after injuring a toe in the first half and not returning. Willis said X-rays were taken but he was not sure of the severity of the injury, which occurred, he believed, when he jammed his foot into the artificial turf pursuing a Rams running back. “We'll find out more tomorrow,” he said as he limped to the team bus.

  • Left tackle Joe Staley had an unusually large crowd around his locker. The reason? He was an eligible receiver on Kaepernick's highlight-reel TD pass to Anquan Boldin. In fact, Staley was the primary receiver on the play, which broke down when defenseive end Robert Quinn sniffed it out and tackled Staley. “It would have been a Monday night celebration,” Staley said. “I was going to have a helluva celebration.”