Colin Kaepernick Injury: Updates on 49ers QB's Recovery from Thumb, Knee Surgery

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick before an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to progress after offseason surgeries, but the timetable for his return to the field remains unclear.

Continue for updates.

Kaepernick Still Not Medically Cleared

Tuesday, June 7

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, head coach Chip Kelly said that while Kaepernick isn't fully cleared to take part in the 49ers' minicamp, the quarterback will do "some individual drills." Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com added more comments from Kelly:

You're not going to go from not practicing to full practice. I don't think anybody ever does that. You're going to bring him along gradually. He'll do more today. He'll do more individual [sic] and throw to the receivers and to the tight ends and to the running backs. I think it's a natural progression that he's doing.

Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group later shared a video of Kaepernick's work at minicamp:

Cam Inman @CamInman

#49ers Colin Kaepernick looked fine in first passing action this offseason, even did 7on7s but not full team https://t.co/rfEWTFFVTX

On Monday, Rapoport, citing a source, reported that the hope is Kaepernick will be cleared "closer to training camp."

Kaepernick Must Prove He Is Healthy in QB Competition

Kaepernick was beset by injuries last year, starting with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder that required surgery in November.

Several months later, Kaepernick had surgery to repair a partially torn ligament in his right thumb and some floating bodies in his left knee, per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Per Bach's post, Kelly did note that Kaepernick's recovery will not set him back in the 49ers' quarterback competition, adding he has no set timetable to name a starter for the 2016 season and wants the process to happen "organically."

The 49ers have Blaine Gabbert and rookie Jeff Driskel as their quarterbacks in camp with Kaepernick out.

Gabbert started San Francisco's last eight games in 2015 and threw for 2,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. Driskel was a sixth-round draft pick by the 49ers in April after throwing for over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns in his only season at Louisiana Tech.

Kaepernick had been the 49ers' starting quarterback for the previous 39 games dating back to 2013, but 2015 was the worst year of his career. The 28-year-old had just six touchdowns and five interceptions and was sacked 28 times in nine games last season.

With a new head coach and an open quarterback competition, Kaepernick has a chance to reinvent his career. It won't be able to start, however, until he's medically cleared. San Francisco will open the 2016 season on September 12 against the Los Angeles Rams.


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