The San Francisco 49ers today announced that QB Colin Kaepernick has been placed on the injured reserve list. To take his spot on the 53-man active roster, the 49ers promoted practice squad player QB Dylan Thompson.
#49ers place QB Colin Kaepernick on IR, promote QB Dyan Thompson to active roster.
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) November 21, 2015
In nine games this season, Kaepernick has thrown for 1,615 passing yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions.
Yesterday, Kaepernick was a surprise mention, as he was listed on the team’s injury report with a shoulder injury, and one day later the team placed him on injured reserve.
But why was Kaepernick placed on injured reserve? Immediately following Kaepernick’s benching the dual-threat quarterback told local media, “He wasn’t out of breath.” While the team would owe Kaepernick an excessive amount of guaranteed money if Kaepernick were to get injured this season.
Could this be a sign that they are ready to wipe their hands clean of the 2011 second-round pick? I think so. And this is a strong sign that the team is now moving forward while going in another direction.