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Colin Kaepernick | Quarterback

Team: San Francisco 49ers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
College: Nevada
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Colin Kaepernick (injured reserve) underwent left shoulder surgery Tuesday, and will be sidelined 4-6 months.
The operation was to repair a torn labrum. His tear was reportedly "extensive." It can be a tricky recovery, but Kap is lucky the issue is to his non-throwing shoulder. GM Trent Baalke has claimed Kap could be back with the team next season, but he's as good as gone. Teams will line up to give Kap a second chance despite his dismal 2015. Nov 24 - 1:29 PM

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49ers GM Trent Baalke would not rule out Colin Kaepernick (shoulder, IR) returning next season.

"I wouldn't say that at all," Baalke said. "People are reading into that. But for me, where we stand right now, I wouldn't read into that." Baalke can say whatever he likes, but the reality is the 49ers are not going to pay Kaepernick $14.3 million in salary and bonuses next season unless forced to by injury. It would be a shock if Kaepernick is still on the roster come April.
Nov 23 - 9:54 AM

The 49ers will continue to explore trades for Colin Kaepernick this offseason, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Rapsheet said Kaepernick has "more than likely played his last down in San Francisco." At least three teams asked about Kaepernick at the trade deadline but none of them could take on his salary midseason. According to Rapoport, Kaepernick would "welcome a fresh start." Kaepernick is set for season-ending shoulder surgery and expects a 4-to-6 month recovery.
Nov 22 - 10:05 AM

The San Jose Mercury News' Cam Inman reports Colin Kaepernick (injured reserve) will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder Tuesday.

CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports Kaepernick first told the team about soreness in his left shoulder Monday, and he still felt sore Friday after practicing in full all week. Kaepernick going under the knife could dramatically affect the 49ers' plans this offseason. Kaepernick's salary next season is guaranteed for injury only as long as the 49ers cut him before April 1. If he cannot pass a physical come April, San Francisco may be stuck with him another year.
Nov 21 - 2:08 PM

49ers placed Colin Kaepernick on season-ending injured reserve with a left shoulder (non-throwing) injury.

Kaepernick showed up on the injury report this week with a shoulder injury he said he suffered Week 4, but he was listed as probable. With Kaepernick expected to go under the knife, this injury could put the 49ers' offseason plans at risk. Kaepernick's 2016 salary is guaranteed for injury only as long as he is cut before April 1. He will need to pass a physical before being released, and that is not guaranteed after undergoing surgery. Blaine Gabbert should finish out the season as the starter before San Francisco searches for their next quarterback of the future this offseason. QB Dylan Thompson was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding move.
Nov 21 - 1:56 PM

Colin Kaepernick showed up on the injury report this week with a left shoulder (non-throwing) issue.

Kaepernick said he suffered the injury Week 4 against the Packers, but he just showed up on the report this week. Perhaps it flared up during practice, or perhaps the 49ers are giving themselves an out if fans begin calling for Kaep to replace Blaine Gabbert. Kaepernick should be fine to backup Gabbert this week against the Seahawks.
Nov 21 - 12:28 PM

Coach Jim Tomsula said Monday that he remains undecided on the 49ers' starting quarterback for after the Week 10 bye.

Tomsula "wants to visit with coaches and players first." Blaine Gabbert engineered a Week 9 upset of the Falcons, playing surprisingly composed and efficient football. Before giving Gabbert the nod, however, Tomsula had indicated Colin Kaepernick was only being benched to take a one-game "breather," which suggested Kaepernick would eventually retake the starting job.
Nov 9 - 5:09 PM

Colin Kaepernick appeared to take umbrage with coach Jim Tomsula's and OC Geep Chryst's comments following his benching.

When asked about Tomsula suggesting he needed to "step back and breathe," Kaepernick replied, "I'm not out of breath." When asked about Chryst suggesting he had been playing cautiously since throwing four interceptions against Arizona in Week 3, Kaepernick replied, "I don't believe that's accurate." No player should be expected to take a benching well, but it is concerning Kaepernick refused to admit some of the plainly evident faults in his play. Kaepernick will likely get another chance to start this season after Blaine Gabbert's inevitable face plant, but he is not long for San Francisco.
Source: ESPN
Nov 7 - 8:31 AM's Rand Getlin reports "there's a strong sense" that the 49ers' front office influenced coach Jim Tomsula's decision to bench Colin Kaepernick.

It's not a surprise. GM Trent Baalke is the football emperor in San Francisco, and Tomsula is out of his depth. Ex-coach Jim Harbaugh had heavy influence on the team's decision to draft Kaepernick, and Baalke must be itching to move on after he sent his wildly successful ex-coach back to college. There's a strong chance Kap will be playing elsewhere in 2016. Getlin reports "multiple teams" are expected to explore an offseason trade.
Nov 3 - 3:49 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the 49ers aren't considering trading Colin Kaepernick ahead of Tuesday's deadline.

There was never a chance Kap would be dealt, even after he was benched on Monday. An offseason trade makes much more sense for a franchise headed for a full reset. Kaepernick will quite possibly make more starts this season. Blaine Gabbert is one of the worst quarterbacks of his era.
Nov 3 - 1:38 PM

Bay Area Sports Guy's Kyle McLorg reports the 49ers have benched Colin Kapernick and will start Blaine Gabbert against the Falcons this week.

The 49ers are expected to announce the decision on Tuesday, according to McLorg's source. It's a decision that has long been in the making with Kaepernick averaging 6.6 YPA and tossing just six touchdowns to five interceptions, while absorbing 28 sacks through eight games. It's a sad turn of events for Kaepernick. He signed a mega-extension last June and has become one of the worst quarterbacks in football only to be replaced by one of the biggest drafts busts in recent memory in Gabbert. The 49ers are in full-blown tank mode. Kaepernick may not play another snap for San Francisco and could be traded in the offseason.
Nov 2 - 10:28 PM

Speaking Monday, 49ers coach Jim Tomsula declined to endorse Colin Kaepernick as his starting quarterback.

The bottom fell out on Kaepernick's already dreadful season in Sunday's loss to the Rams, basically leaving the 49ers no choice but to consider his benching. The main thing working in Kap's favor is that his backup, Blaine Gabbert, is one of the worst quarterbacks of the modern era. Whoever is under center for Week 9 won't be a fantasy option, either in season-long or DFS.
Nov 2 - 2:48 PM

49ers coach Jim Tomsula declined to discuss Colin Kaepernick's performance following the Week 8 loss to the Rams.

"I’m not going to get into all that today," Tomsula said. "I’ll get into that after we’ve had the opportunity to watch the tape." Kaepernick was dreadful against St. Louis, throwing for just 162 yards on 41 attempts. He is averaging just 4.4 yards an attempt over his last two games. Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports some of Kaepernick's teammates believe he needs to be benched to give him time to "clear his head." It looks likely Blaine Gabbert makes starts this season.
Nov 2 - 11:30 AM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Colin Kaepernick's teammates want him benched so he can "clear his head."

Cole reports two 49ers texted him their desire to see Kaepernick benched after the offense failed to score a touchdown for the second time in as many games against the Rams. Kaepernick threw for just 162 yards on 41 attempts against St. Louis, and he is averaging just 4.4 yards per attempt over his last two games. Kaepernick could probably use some time out of the limelight, but it is unlikely backup Blaine Gabbert would have any more success behind a bad offensive line and without any real playmakers. The good news is the 49ers are bad enough to get a shot at the top quarterbacks in next year's draft.
Nov 2 - 8:34 AM

Colin Kaepernick completed just 20-of-41 passes for 162 yards in the 49ers' Week 8 loss to the Rams.

The 49ers managed 189 total yards of offense in the 27-6 rout. Kaepernick had no chance with the 49ers missing Anquan Boldin (hamstring), in addition to running backs Carlos Hyde (foot) and Reggie Bush (knee), who tore his ACL in the first quarter on a punt return. Kaepernick managed to be turnover-free in a tough road date, but nobody made any plays for San Francisco. After right games, Kap is on pace to throw just 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The 2-6 49ers host the Falcons in Week 9.
Nov 1 - 4:52 PM

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