According to a statement released by the franchise on Sunday afternoon, the San Francisco 49ers will be without quarterback Colin Kaepernick for their preseason-opener against the Houston Texans. On Friday, 49ers’ head coach Chip Kelly said that he was hopeful that the veteran signal caller would suit up on Sunday after battling arm fatigue and shoulder soreness throughout the week.
As a result of the shoulder trouble, presumably stemming from his offseason surgery, Kaepernick was limited at practice on Friday after taking the day off on Thursday.
“Just getting him back up to throwing every day,” said Kelly on Friday. “That’s why we had planned on actually taking [Thursday] off. We knew that going in, he didn’t throw during the spring full, because of coming off of [surgery] so it’s just trying to get his arm back up to where we can just use him every day. If we’ve got to take a day off in between, it’s not a real big deal.”
The 28-year-old has spent his entire professional career as a member of the 49ers as the franchise originally selected him in the second-round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Nevada. However, it is also worth noting that Kaepernick was the subject of numerous trade rumors throughout the course of this offseason despite remaining in San Francisco after all.
Last season, Kaepernick appeared in just nine games for the 49ers due to a slew of different injuries. Amassing 1,615 passing yards while completing 59 percent of his passing attempts, he also registered six touchdowns against five interceptions in 2015-2016.
In addition to losing Kaepernick for Sunday’s matchup, the 49ers will also be without wide receivers Eric Rogers and DeAndre Smelter, safeties L.J. McCray and Eric Reid and defensive linemen Glenn Dorsey and Arik Armstead against the Texans.