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Colin Kaepernick has torn ligament in right thumb

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is headed to Colorado this week to have his surgically-repaired left shoulder checked out by his surgeon, but that won’t be the only thing doctors are checking out during his visit.

A recent MRI found that Kaepernick also has a torn ligament in his right thumb, which led team doctors to tell Kaepernick to “make sure I get a second opinion on that” during his visit to Vail. Kaepernick may need surgery to repair that injury and also has a left knee issue that needs a follow-up MRI in the near future, leaving him with plenty of medical issues to sort out.

There’s also the contract issue. If Kaepernick is on the 49ers roster on April 1, his salary for 2016 is guaranteed and the assorted injuries he’s recovering from probably don’t help the odds that the team will be able to trade him ahead of that date. General Manager Trent Baalke wouldn’t say either way on Monday.

“I’m not worried about April 1, to be honest with you,” Baalke said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “I’m more worried about getting him healthy and ready for the offseason program. Whatever that date is that the medical staff steps up and says he’s ready to go, that’s when he’ll go.”

The question may be which team’s medical staff is making that decision when it comes time for Kaepernick to try to get on the field.

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18 Responses to “Colin Kaepernick has torn ligament in right thumb”
  1. joenash72 says: Jan 5, 2016 7:24 AM

    Who runs their medical staff?

    Oh ya…

    Way to be on top of things, Jed & Trent.😉

  2. trainwrecksryan says: Jan 5, 2016 7:33 AM

    Had no idea holding a clipboard could cause so many injuries…

  3. wayne1693 says: Jan 5, 2016 7:43 AM

    Perhaps CK should opt for Grad-School at Michigan…?

  4. sansbushman says: Jan 5, 2016 8:04 AM

    Torn ligament in right thumb? How? Must be from playing John Madden.

    I still think Kaepernick can be fixed by a right team and a right coach.

  5. charism4 says: Jan 5, 2016 8:17 AM

    I think we all know how he would tear a ligament in his thumb with a team of football players around.

  6. hahalolrofl says: Jan 5, 2016 8:29 AM

    Those beats by dre can be really dangerous to put on

  7. tqaztec says: Jan 5, 2016 8:39 AM

    At least the biceps are okay.

    Get well soon, Kap!

  8. cmoney4949 says: Jan 5, 2016 8:51 AM

    Get him healthy, solid offensive line and a coaching staff and he will be back to form when he won 3 road playoff games in 2 years.

  9. makimaguro says: Jan 5, 2016 9:17 AM

    How did they miss that? Poor management/medical staff. Could cost them some money.

  10. moseszd says: Jan 5, 2016 9:23 AM

    cmoney4949 says:
    Jan 5, 2016 8:51 AM
    Get him healthy, solid offensive line and a coaching staff and he will be back to form when he won 3 road playoff games in 2 years.

    You people are kidding yourselves. He peaked in 2012. He’s gone backward every year since.

    In 2012, 7 quality starts 1 average. (8 games)
    In 2013, 8 quality starts, 4 average, 4 disaster (16 games)
    In 2014, 5 quality starts, 8 average, 3 disaster (16 games)
    In 2015, 2 quality starts, 1 average, 4 disaster (8 games)

    Gabbert, fwiw, with the same crappy situation in 2015:

    4 quality starts, 3 average, 1 disaster start.

    So, it’s not coaching beacuse they got the same coaching. It’s not personnel beceause Kaepernick had a better supporting cast.

    What is is, is the NFL has figured him out. They took away his gimmicks. He’s not been able to compensate. So at this point, he’s not even a game manager.

    What he is, is an athelte who teases with ‘potential’ but lacks the key ingredients to realize that potential. And that’s NORMAL. There are only a handful of true difference making QBs in the NFL.

    It’s no indictment of anyone. NFL QB is THE hardest position to master in sports. The failure rate of great college QBs is astronomical.

    And pretending a guy who was successful by being a junk-offense, street-ball QB that has been completely incapable of moving forward when that was taken away is just not realistic. It’s time to move on.

    Let’s face it, the NFL is the place where ‘great’ college athletes and QBs go to fail.

  11. cmoney4949 says: Jan 5, 2016 9:40 AM

    moseszd says:
    Jan 5, 2016 9:23 AM
    cmoney4949 says:
    Jan 5, 2016 8:51 AM
    Get him healthy, solid offensive line and a coaching staff and he will be back to form when he won 3 road playoff games in 2 years.

    You people are kidding yourselves. He peaked in 2012. He’s gone backward every year since.

    In 2012, 7 quality starts 1 average. (8 games)
    In 2013, 8 quality starts, 4 average, 4 disaster (16 games)
    In 2014, 5 quality starts, 8 average, 3 disaster (16 games)
    In 2015, 2 quality starts, 1 average, 4 disaster (8 games)

    Gabbert, fwiw, with the same crappy situation in 2015:

    4 quality starts, 3 average, 1 disaster start.

    So, it’s not coaching beacuse they got the same coaching. It’s not personnel beceause Kaepernick had a better supporting cast.

    Gabbert played against a much easier defenses in his starts. He also played behind a different offensive line. Who knows how long his shoulder, thumb and knee have been injured? That could have been part of his regression.

    I think they should get Kap healthy and have a QB competition next year. They aren’t going to get the only good QB in the draft because the Browns will. Get the best player available and see what happens with a good coach like Payton.

  12. zinnsand21 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:13 AM

    So much for Colin’s “team friendly” contract. Would love to see his attorney consultation history since they sat him.. He signed a team friendly deal because he thought he was that good. As soon as the Niners pulled the plug, nothing but injuries. You go two plus months with a tendon tear on your throwing hand and suddenly you discover it? [bullsh*t] He is going for an injury settlement and is guaranteeing he is going to receive a big chunk of that multi million dollar contract.. Any soft tissue injury will take a long time to heal and he can feign pain in the thumb forever and no one will know if that is fact or not, leading him to a permanent disability and a big payday settlement from said contract signed… Watch them settle and suddenly the thumb feels better and resigns with someone..

  13. zillabeast says: Jan 5, 2016 11:03 AM

    It doesn’t surprise me that Kap’s body is a train wreck given how much punishment he took, even in the previous seasons under Harbaugh. Shame on him for clinging to his pride and trying to push through it when he knew he was physically unable to give it 100%. Ronnie Lott can still play safety without a finger, a quarterback still needs his thumb, knee, and shoulder.

    His decision to keep it under wraps makes me question his head just as much as his decision making throwing downfield does. A part of me still wants to see Kap eventually turn this thing around, but he just keeps making it harder and harder to root for him.

  14. jnovi86 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:16 AM

    Too bad they can’t surgically remove his arrogance, and implant some more QB IQ.

  15. nflgtcfl says: Jan 5, 2016 12:02 PM

    Everyone seems to have missed the obvious.

    Hire Ron Jaworski as HC.

    Jaworski + Kap = Guaranteed SB

  16. blakeden says: Jan 5, 2016 2:03 PM

    Baalke is full of BS

  17. fanofpft says: Jan 5, 2016 6:42 PM

    Better get up to speed so Kelly can come in and run you into the ground.

  18. ecniner says: Jan 6, 2016 8:28 AM

    Sounds like Kap is trying to build an insurance case…

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