Report: 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick displays “heart” by playing with chipped bone and ruptured capsule

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Kyle Terada/US Presswire

Why didn’t San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick run more in 2013? Was it really OC Greg Roman’s play-calling? As it turns out it wasn’t, as Kaepernick played with a chipped bone on his forefoot and ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot. An injury that occurred in a Week 2 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks, Kaepernick revealed that the injury came by way of a scramble. The news first broke by Sacramento Bee’s Beat writer Matt Barrows.

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SportsPress Northwest

Kaepernick spoke on the injury saying, “It was something that was always there. Never spoke about it, never said anything about it because you’re a football player, you play through pain. Unless you’re being carted off, you should be on the field. If it’s something you can play through, that’s what you do.”

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Talk about playing with a heart! In an earlier article, I wrote why 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was a player’s coach as I said, “As a player you can’t coach heart, and as a coach you can’t fake passion.” That’s exactly what Kaepernick displayed in 2013. He didn’t complain or make excuses for his at times poor play, he sucked it up, led by example, and showed his leadership qualities as his actions spoke louder than his words. 

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49ers.com

So what should the Forever Faithful expect in 2014? A revived and healthy Kaepernick ready to display his dual-threat ability for a full 16-game schedule. A big season for Kaepernick as he enters his second full-season as an NFL starter, look for Kaepernick to have an even better season this time around as I predict him to have a stat line around 62% completion rate, 3,400 passing yards, 450 rushing yards, and 32 total touchdowns.

Ryan is the Founder/CEO of NinerFans.com, 49ers Beat Writer, Live Game Day Correspondent for Bleacher Report and member of Pro Football Writers of America. Born and raised in San Jose, he also graduated from San Diego State University. His work has been featured on NFL Network, 95.7 The Game, National Football Post, Sports Illustrated, FanSided Network, ESPN Radio, CBS Sports 810, and NBC Bay Area News. For more information, please contact him via email at ryan@NinerFans.com or call him at (408) 622-0996.

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