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Kaepernick’s 2013 foot injury was more serious than he let on

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For much of last season, Colin Kaepernick’s foot put him on the 49ers’ injury report. But Kaepernick always played through it, and he said at the time that it wasn’t a big deal, joking that it was just a hangnail. Now Kaepernick says it was much more serious than that.

In fact, Kaepernick told the Sacramento Bee that he actually suffered a chipped bone on his forefoot and a ruptured capsule in the ball of his foot during a Week Two game against the Seahawks. Kaepernick said that slowed him down for most of the rest of the season.

“It was something that was always there,” he said. “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.”

Kaepernick said he views the injury as just part of football.

“I think that’s the kind of players we have on this team: You’re not going to let something that’s minor, that’s not a true injury, keep you off of the field,” he said. “You’re going to hurt, yes. You’re going to have tweaks and problems. But you’re a football player; you can play through those.”

Kaepernicke played through the injury last year, and played well.

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63 Responses to “Kaepernick’s 2013 foot injury was more serious than he let on”
  1. captainwisdom88 says: Aug 20, 2014 6:54 AM

    Well there wont be any excuses available this year. Hes healthy, and he has crabtree boldin steve johnson and vernon davis to throw to. Not to mention a 4.4 forty and a stout defense

  2. schmokes says: Aug 20, 2014 6:54 AM

    And that impacts his crappy accuracy how?

  3. RegisHawk says: Aug 20, 2014 6:55 AM

    “I just thought I should let you know what a guy I am by not making a big deal out of this. No…no need to thank me…” :P

  4. gloomysmitty says: Aug 20, 2014 7:05 AM

    He played well wow didn’t know that I thought he 10 games of less than 200yds passing I guess foles was a GOD then.

  5. raiderej says: Aug 20, 2014 7:07 AM

    Yea but can you play through terrible inaccuracy and an obvious inability to read defenses prior to the snap?

  6. heyguru69 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:09 AM

    So many Kaep haters out there, but every team and every sports fan would love to have “their guy” show this kind of attitude. The ones bent on negativism just won’t admit it.

  7. can139 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:11 AM

    Can’t see Russell Wilson or Andrew Luck bragging about how they played through and injury the past season. What Kaep did here is a play from the Manziel/McNabb attention seeking playbook.

    Hope them $$$s don’t change you too much Kaep, remember every year after this season of that phat contract is a team option.

  8. dfwhawkguy says: Aug 20, 2014 7:15 AM

    Interesting. Does it only flare up in the 4th quarter or just big games? #gohawks

  9. beattention says: Aug 20, 2014 7:17 AM

    Oh Wow what a guy. I guess in case he doesn’t do well this season he is building an excuse.

  10. elks84 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:27 AM

    “…never said anything about it because you’re a football player.”

    Except after the season. Then I want everyone to know how tough I am.

  11. ctiggs says: Aug 20, 2014 7:41 AM

    Kap is 100 percent again the league needs to watch out. #GoNiners #Nobodyhasitbetter #KapwillgetusSIXthisYear

  12. joetoronto says: Aug 20, 2014 7:43 AM

    Was his foot was between his ears?

  13. paul82461 says: Aug 20, 2014 7:44 AM

    His foot wasnt attached to his arm, always an exscuse. Its a little late.

  14. cakesw says: Aug 20, 2014 7:47 AM

    This guy is a first rate prima Donna…

    This is CLEARLY an effort to gain sympathy following his “predujice” claims that blew up in his face…

    Guy needs to worry less about his image….

  15. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 20, 2014 7:52 AM

    Reminds me of Ronda Rousey when she went to great lengths to conceal an injury in order to participate in her first pro fight. Not that I would have condoned it at the time, but then again I wasn’t the one on a mission to make a historical moment in time happen.

    For the full story, check the inspiring interview under the tag “Ronda Rousey Says She Can Beat Floyd Mayweather”, and you might learn a thing or two.

  16. nookers says: Aug 20, 2014 8:00 AM

    stop making excuses for this bum.

    overpaid .. should have waited to give this guy money.

  17. udkidd says: Aug 20, 2014 8:14 AM

    With the way the offense has been playing in preseason so far (lousy), then he better have a better year than last.

  18. jimnsota says: Aug 20, 2014 8:15 AM

    Well that cements the facts even further. Green Bay’s defense is even worse than we all thought.

  19. TheDPR says: Aug 20, 2014 8:30 AM

    Don’t the rules require disclosure of injuries?
    He has never played *that* well, btw. At his best, he’s been a decent quarterback.

  20. thegrigga49 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:33 AM

    The most mentally tough team in the NFL hands down.

  21. troy43mvp says: Aug 20, 2014 8:48 AM

    He is a good QB not great but good. More dependable and more confident than Alex Smith ever has been. Whether ya like or dislike Harbaugh, he does know how to stroke the ego of his QB which in turn provides confidence. He had Alex Smith playing better than anyone. Even K.C.

  22. mn1bjb says: Aug 20, 2014 8:49 AM

    Starting to sound like Roethlisberger. It’s the downside of extending plays, you inevitably get beat up a little.

  23. jimthebuilder27 says: Aug 20, 2014 8:50 AM

    Now he has a built in excuse for under performing.

  24. clssylssy says: Aug 20, 2014 8:57 AM

    Most people don’t realize how debilitating foot problems can be, and for a QB who has to rely on pushing off, I can only imagine how that might have a chilling effect on production and effect the entire team’s play. Props to Kaep and the 9ers (who are our major rivals) for their toughness and ability to focus and persevere! I know “fans” scoff when a player has “turf toe” and I can only imagine these same individuals curled up in a ball sucking their thumbs and crying like babies when karma bites them and they end up with bad feet (let alone having to play sports at an elite level)!

  25. raiderrob21 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:01 AM

    Excuses! What a joke! Did his “foot injury” also cause him to misfire passes late in games and throw INTs late in games to cost his team victories?

  26. thegrigga49 says: Aug 20, 2014 9:02 AM

    All Kap does is win win win. Does anyone remember the WR corps he was killing teams with last year? Anquan Boldin who was new to the team, and NOBODY else. Colin is going to explode this season.

  27. RegisHawk says: Aug 20, 2014 9:13 AM

    Also reminded me of Big Ben, who suddenly develops a limp after throwing an interception.

  28. goldbloodedpodcast says: Aug 20, 2014 9:26 AM

    Colin Kaepernicks recievers last year: Anquan Boldin and … *crickets*. I guess if you want to count Michael Crabtree playing at 50% for the last 5 games you can.

  29. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 20, 2014 9:31 AM

    Please tell me what the purpose of making this purported “revelation” now is (other than another ‘look at me, I’m really good whether it shows or not’ moment).

    If you’re going to play through it, play through it. If you can’t, then don’t.

  30. buccaneerbeezy says: Aug 20, 2014 9:32 AM

    It’s always something with Kaepernick …

  31. cakesw says: Aug 20, 2014 9:41 AM

    So Vernon Davis wasn’t a receiving option for Kaepernick last year ????

    Please with the “crickets” commentary…

    The biggest, I mean BIGGEST issue with Kaepernick is the fact that he is hearing criticism that isn’t there…he really is… He did have a good year in 2013, but he acts like the entire world thinks he is Derrick Anderson.

  32. jvibottomline says: Aug 20, 2014 9:53 AM

    So many morons on here, guy has won 4 playoff games in first two seasons, and basically carried the team in all 4 games. If his defense would step up in big games he would be a two time Super Bowl Champion already.

  33. packerpauly says: Aug 20, 2014 10:10 AM

    Hey, give Kap a break. At least he wasn’t wearing a Dolphins cap for the press conference! :)

  34. weepingjebus says: Aug 20, 2014 10:15 AM

    I have a picture of my wife throwing a football exactly the same way.

  35. sonoco says: Aug 20, 2014 10:16 AM

    The news was out earlier in the day from Harbaugh about the actual severity of the injury and Kaepernick got questions from the beat guys. A lot of you want to make it sound like he invited the media to his locker and said “Let’s talk about my foot”.

  36. stampede101 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:43 AM

    Kaepernick is 21-8 as a starter including the playoffs, started less than 30 games in his career.

    Has a career 93+ QBR.

    Played through pain/injury most of last season.

    Took a team friendly contract.

    All this and folks still throw shade on him. Had all these facts applied to Brees, Rodgers, etc., they’d be getting heaps of praise. Not saying Kaep deserves praise, but is the hate necessary? Geez, some people I tell ya…

  37. senoreno says: Aug 20, 2014 10:45 AM

    Most of these commenters probably have never played football or baseball for that matter. A foot injury can definentely hamper someone’s throwing ability.

    Also he didn’t just blurt out he had a foot injury. He was asked about the injury. What is he going to do, lie? Wouldn’t that be dumb.

  38. footballchic777 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:53 AM

    I like how players always have an excuse…..I mean “reason” why they didn’t perform well previously. What is their problem in the preseason? Doesn’t really count…..?

  39. theparadoxx82 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:58 AM

    Man, they are really picky when you point out the players getting the kid-gloves treatment.

  40. bhlobos says: Aug 20, 2014 11:00 AM

    I’m sure he was just answering a question from a reporter, but why talk about the severity now? If you minimized it last year, then keep it that way… you’re not impressing anybody with this “revelation”

  41. napalm101 says: Aug 20, 2014 11:04 AM

    Doesn’t matter what excuse Keapernick or the 49ers use, they won’t win a SB under Jim Harbaugh…In fact, I hope Keaperinck keeps pumping up those big muscles so he can start throwing like Tebow…

  42. Dogsweat says: Aug 20, 2014 11:18 AM

    Arrogant, Smug, Self Righteous, Spoiled, Excuse Maker , Self Worship, Greedy– yea he follows what his tattoos say.

  43. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Aug 20, 2014 11:20 AM

    That is why he is the man.

  44. i thumbs down your comment says: Aug 20, 2014 11:35 AM

    The guy goes into a freezing Lambeau Field and outduels Aaron Rodgers. Oh, but the GB defense sucked so let’s discount that.

    Week after that the guy goes across country to Carolina who had arguably the top three defense in the NFC last season and beat them convincingly. Forgot what the justification was there by Kap haters, but certainly to them it’s a meaningless win.
    Big game? Yah.

    Then travels to the PNW to play the best defense in the NFL last year (maybe top D in 20 years) and nearly pulls out the W in an extremely hostile environment.

    Man, this guy sucks.

  45. toryscott89 says: Aug 20, 2014 11:37 AM

    Be lucky to go 8-8 . Kap got Paid look how it had bid for past players. Romo , Ryan , Flacco. this year Dalton, Kap, etc . i think 8-8 is being nice as well

  46. t8ertot says: Aug 20, 2014 11:44 AM

    Real men don’t make excuses

  47. jmethane says: Aug 20, 2014 11:58 AM

    “If his defense would step up in big games he would be a two time Super Bowl Champion already.”

    Uh….first and goal with plenty of time to win the Superbowl.

    Jim puts it on Kap instead of Gore to score the winning TD. Cannot throw a fade to save his life…and that was the year BEFORE!

    Then last year he throws it to Richard Sherman.

    Fail

    That isn’t on the defense…

  48. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 20, 2014 12:14 PM

    The window is closing.

  49. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 20, 2014 12:16 PM

    That’s right. Try to come off as “Superman” and “battled through it” now after the fact. He had no problems taunting Cam Newton. This only comes out after he got embarrassed yet again by Seattle.

  50. nosleeptilsb says: Aug 20, 2014 12:27 PM

    Seahawks beatup alot of players last year, for alot of teams, none more then the 9’ers. Dont see that changing much this season. I look at LOB and all I see is a wall of pain.

  51. fasteddy415 says: Aug 20, 2014 12:55 PM

    A lot of you commentators are laughable…You act as if he stood on a podium and announced he had an injury last year. He was going through a series of questions and it came out. So what…Doesn’t sound like an excuse to me. It sounds like what many NFL’ers do – play through injury and suck it up.

  52. thankthelordforkaep says: Aug 20, 2014 1:11 PM

    Best quarterback in the NFC West by far when healthy.

    #ThankYouKaep
    #NoOneHasItBetter

  53. Dogsweat says: Aug 20, 2014 1:33 PM

    The guy wins , wins, wins, everything but the Super Bowl.

  54. cribbage12 says: Aug 20, 2014 2:15 PM

    If I had a foot injury you’d know because you’d see me limping. He played 16 games in a fast-paced environment and we never knew? C’mon, Colin, how serious was this?

  55. 12thman84 says: Aug 20, 2014 2:18 PM

    Has he gotten a tatto yet explaining his foot problem?

    Dresses and acts like a 14 year old gansta wanta be, then can’t figure out why he doesn’t get respect….what a tool.

    Go Hawks!

  56. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 20, 2014 2:22 PM

    This guy literally cannot win no matter what he says/does. He gets crucified for giving honest answers in interviews, then gets the same treatment if he is vague in his answers. It is what it is. As long as he keeps playing well and improving I’m behind him. Just like Seahawk fans stand behind Sherman no matter how much he acts like a douche.

  57. misterseahawk says: Aug 20, 2014 2:28 PM

    Too bad he didn’t break his foot – the 12s would’ve loved to throw popcorn on you just like overrated Bowman!

    GO HAWKS!

  58. justafacts2014 says: Aug 20, 2014 2:41 PM

    Hard to argue that team hasn’t been the best team overall the past three years…if they win the SB this year it will inevitably due to Kapernicks big play ability that gets them there. No Vegas oddsmakers have them worse than the 3 likely favorite to win their 6th Lombardi this year.

  59. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 20, 2014 2:49 PM

    Luckily they were able to save the foot, so Lizardman still has something to stuff in his mouth from time to time.

  60. fantasticmrhandsome says: Aug 20, 2014 2:51 PM

    San Francisco has 5 rings. Seattle has 1.

  61. therussellwilsonshow says: Aug 20, 2014 3:02 PM

    It may have been an issue for him early last season, but his foot looked just fine when he broke huge runs against the Packers and my beloved Seahawks in the playoffs!

    Honestly, Hawk fans simply don’t want to see Kap play up to his full potential…especially whenever we face him. Fans in general may not like him because of his perceived attitude or outward appearance. I don’t care about any of that or what kind of person he really is, only what he can do against my team on the field.

    Kap is the most dangerous running QB in the League, more so than Cam or RG3. If he continues to progress as a pocket passer and gets thru reads consistently…he will be truly scary this season. Seahawks are one of the only teams with the Def speed to hope to contain him as runner and passer (it wasn’t just Refs that stopped SF playoff run).

    In my opinion, Russell is slightly ahead of Kap in certain aspects of the QB position (game prep, D reads, and touch on the ball – surprise, surprise! ), but Kap is a freakish athlete and double threat that demands the respect of opposing defenses.

    See you on Thanksgiving!

  62. 12thman84 says: Aug 20, 2014 3:43 PM

    San Francisco has 5 rings. Seattle has 1.
    ——————————-

    Seattle 1 ring this Century, Santa Clara 0.

  63. ngbradley says: Aug 20, 2014 5:10 PM

    Kaepernick has the highest playoff expected points added (EPA) per game in NFL history.

    He produced 83% of the 49ers offense vs. SEA…I guess it should have been 90%?

    If the 49ers had won the super bowl vs. BAL, it would have been the most points allowed by a super bowl winner in NFL history.

    This was a media-derived question, and he answered it. But if I were him, I’d have a chip on my shoulder too. the Old-School Sports media grades quarterbacks based on a metric designed in 1966, so they don’t see the greatness. Looking at win probability added or EPA (how well a quarterback orchestrates a drive down the field), Kap is elite — Rodgers/Brees level (but not Manning).

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