Kaepernick (shoulder) had surgery to repair a torn left labrum, and he is expected to require four-to-six months for recovery, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. Kaepernick should be healthy long before training camp, especially considering that the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder. The bigger question at this point is whether he has a future in the San Francisco organization, and while we probably won't get an answer anytime soon, the 49ers are headed for a top-five pick that would allow them to select one of the draft's top signal-callers.
Kaepernick (shoulder) will miss the remainder of the season after being placed on injury reserve by the 49ers, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports. It appears as though the the 49ers have officially given up on Kaepernick this season after placing him on injury reserve. Dylan Thompson has been signed off the practice squad to replace him. Barring injury, Blaine Gabbert will likely run the show under center for the remainder of the season. This certainly raises questions for Kaepernick's future with the organization, and will be something to monitor in the offseason.
Kaepernick has lost the San Francisco starting quarterback job with Blaine Gabbert set start next week against Atlanta, NFL Network reports. Kaepernick has thrown for just six touchdowns against 5 interceptions in six games. It's not clear if this is a permanent move, but this may be the end of Kaepernick's tenure in San Francisco.
When asked Monday if Kaepernick would remain the 49ers' starter at QB, coach Jim Tomsula fell short of confirming such an outcome, CSN Bay Area reports. "We're evaluating everything right now," Tomsula said Monday. "We're in the middle of it right now and I don't have any comments on any position on our field right now." Following Tomsula's comments Monday, the 2-6 49ers dealt long-time TE Vernon Davis to the Broncos, seemingly backing up the coach's assertion that the team is in evaluation mode. If the 49ers -- who are currently dealing with a very banged up backfield -- decide to shake things up at QB, which remains a speculative notion at this time, Blaine Gabbert is the team's No. 2 signal-caller.
Kaepernick completed 20-of-41 passes for 162 yards in Sunday's loss to St. Louis. He added 28 yards on the ground on six carries. Kaepernick's slow decline through mediocrity continued against the Rams' stout defense. Much has been made about Kaepernick's mistakes, but all five of his interceptions came in Weeks 3 and 4. If anything, the young quarterback should be commended for not turning the ball over for four straight games. Where Kaepernick's struggles have really shown themselves is in a failure to make positive plays. The dual-threat quarterback has been held without a passing touchdown in five of the 49ers' eight games and held without a touchdown of any kind in four contests. It's that lack of positive plays, not a run of negative plays, that should keep Kaepernick out of lineups.
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