The story of success that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a part of just took a turn for the worst and his status with the team will be up in the air this offseason. Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News confirmed on his Twitter account that Kaepernick will have shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season. The team has placed him on the season-ending Injured Reserve list.
#49ers Colin Kaepernick on IR with torn labrum in left (non-throwing) shoulder, will have surgery Tuesday in Denver, according to source
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) November 21, 2015
Prior to him being benched on Nov. 2, in favor of backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Kaepernick had started 53 consecutive games since taking over for an injured Alex Smith in 2012. Kaepernick’s struggles have been present in the last several weeks — even into last season — but the blame doesn’t fall solely on his shoulders. A less than stellar offensive line has caused the quarterback to scramble more often and has led to a lot of sacks in the last couple of seasons.
According to the Mercury News article by Inman, Kaepernick made the team aware of the shoulder injury on Monday and later told the team that he would like to explore his options, which has now led to him having surgery next week in Denver.
This story is eerily similar to the situation involving former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and his clashes with the San Fransisco front office. Harbaugh was forced out as coach, and while it didn’t include an injury to him, the scenario had forced change written all over it, much like what has happened to Kaepernick this season.
This season, Kaepernick had 1,615 pass yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions to go with 256 rushing yards and one touchdown before being benched. With him being placed on IR and undergoing shoulder surgery, don’t expect him to suit up in the red and metallic gold from this point on. If he is not traded this offseason there is a chance that the 49ers will cut Kaepernick prior to April 1, which is when his 2016 base salary of $11.9 million becomes guaranteed.