With quarterback Colin Kaepernick placed on injured reserve ending his season, Trent Baalke the general manager of the San Francisco 49ers would not commit on the long-term future of the quarterback with the team.
Kaepernick, who is scheduled for surgery to repair an injury to his labrum in his left shoulder, which is his non-throwing shoulder, has an unclear future with the 49ers franchise because of his inconsistent, less than stellar season and a looming deadline of April 1 for $11.9 million of his current contract to convert to guarantee status for next season.
Right now, it is not the time to get into particulars Baalke said on Sunday of the future of Kaepernick as the quarterback of the team.
Right now, Colin is no different from any of the other players that are put on IR, when the surgery is completed, and then the rehab process begins, getting him prepared for an offseason rehab program is the next step.
Reporters asked Baalke if Kaepernick had played his last snap with the 49ers. The GM replied the he would not say that, Saying, he believes people are reading into it but insisted not to read too much into.
The placement on IR of Kaepernick on Saturday came as a surprise in that he appeared on the injury report of the team just this week with the issue regarding his shoulder but practiced all week through all drills with the team.
He also was listed as probable to play on the injury list Friday.
However, Kaepernick said he suffered his injury initially in a loss during Week 4 against Green Bay, when he suffered through six sacks.
The 49ers GM acknowledged that the injury did indeed take place the fourth week and he was questioned as to why it never appeared on injury reports until Week 11.
Baalke said the injury was treated by the medical staff but the quarterback never sought additional treatment. However, he said the injury was ongoing and it was not something that came out of the blue and required surgery.
Kaepernick was benched for the November 8 game against Atlanta. He was replaced by Blaine Gabbert and Dylan Thompson has been signed from the team’s practice squad to take the spot of Kaepernick on the roster of the 49ers.