SANTA CLARA -- Both Peyton Manning and Jim Harbaugh are downplaying their reunion Sunday, when Manning and his Denver Broncos host the Harbaugh-coached 49ers in a nationally-televised exhibition.
Rehashing Manning's March 13 workout in North Carolina isn't atop Manning's or Harbaugh's agenda.
But Manning still was asked Thursday if the 49ers pursued him, or merely "evaluated" him, as Harbaugh insisted on May 30?
"I can't speak for them," Manning told Denver reporters. "It's pretty well documented how all that went down in the offseason. Not really going down memory lane."
Harbaugh declined to give his evaluation of Manning's comeback from neck surgeries that sidelined him last year, the final of his 14 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.
"Does it matter what I think in that regard?" Harbaugh responded. "I don't think so. I don't see the relevancy of what my opinion is on that. I don't think it's relevant at all to our situation here."
More pertinent to the 49ers' quarterback plight has been determining who will back up incumbent starter Alex Smith.
Harbaugh confirmed Thursday that Colin Kaepernick has retained his role as Smith's primary backup, doing so ahead of Josh Johnson and Scott Tolzien. Said Harbaugh: "Everything's fluid and ongoing. But as of today, right now, yes, that's the way it stands."
Like Harbaugh, Manning deflected attention from any offseason courtship (or fact-finding mission) to their
"It's an important week," Manning said. "We're really kind of using this week to work against ourselves, not necessarily spending a lot of time on San Francisco at this point of the week. We're still in training camp mode, Broncos vs. Broncos."
Harbaugh echoed that by stating the obvious: The 49ers don't game-plan for exhibition opponents as much as they would regular-season foes.
The 49ers won't be the first team to hit Manning. He already survived a blast from Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin in Saturday's 30-10 home loss.
But Manning still is seeking his first touchdown pass in his No. 18 Broncos jersey. "In the preseason I wouldn't say it's necessarily super important," Manning, a four-time league MVP, said.
Through two games as Tim Tebow's replacement, Manning has had three passes intercepted while completing 20 of 30 for 221 yards.
"You always respect what a person's done, but we understand what we have to do," 49ers linebacker Parys Haralson said.
Defensive lineman Isaac Sopoaga added: "We're not so worried. We'll do exactly what coaches want us to do."