Report: Colin Kaepernick suffered ‘extensive’ labrum tear
Colin Kaepernick underwent surgery Tuesday on his left, non-throwing shoulder in Vail, Colo., and a source indicated the doctor who performed the procedure deemed the injury to be “extensive,” per a Sacramento Bee report.
It is believed that the San Francisco 49ers quarterback suffered the original injury during a Week 4 loss to the Green Bay Packers. The extent of the injury was unknown until Kaepernick underwent an MRI last week and subsequently was placed on season-ending injured reserved on Saturday.
Since Kaepernick first suffered the injury, he was benched for San Francisco’s game Nov. 8 game against the Atlanta Falcons with Blaine Gabbert getting promoted to the starting job.
The expected recovery time from the injury and procedure is expected to be between four and six months. Kaepernick’s 11.9 million salary for 2016 becomes guaranteed on April 1, so the team has until that date to determine his ultimate future with the organization. Until then, Kaepernick is expected to conduct his rehabilitation under the team’s watch.
Once the surprising news broke that Kaepernick was done for the season, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke downplayed the notion the quarterback’s career with the team was at an end.
“I wouldn’t say that at all,” he said, via ESPN. “I think people are reading into that. For me, where we stand right now, I wouldn’t read too much into that right now.”
Kaepernick’s play has regressed significantly over the past two seasons, although it’s arguable that not all of his struggles are attributable solely to him and him alone. Still, Kaepernick on the season has put up terrible numbers, completing only 59 percent of his passes for 1,615 yards while throwing only six touchdowns to five interceptions in what has been an overall nightmarish season for the 3-7 49ers.