Earlier this week, we shared the news that 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be in Vail, Colorado to meet with doctors about his surgically repaired shoulder and that he’d also be getting right thumb and left knee injuries looked at during his visit.
Doctors did more than just peruse tests as Kaepernick had surgery on both his thumb and his knee on Wednesday. The thumb surgery was to repair torn ligaments while he had an arthroscopic procedure on his knee to clean up an injury that Kaepernick believes he suffered during his final start of the regular season.
Per multiple reports, Kaepernick is expected to have a cast on his thumb for the next six weeks or so and that he’d be fully recovered in three months. That’s the same timeline for him to be ready after surgery on the labrum in his left shoulder and the knee is expected to be OK before either of those injuries.
The timeline for the thumb and shoulder injuries push up against the deadline for the 49ers to decide if they want to move on from Kaepernick before his 2016 salary becomes guaranteed. Kaepernick is due $11.9 million if he’s on the roster on April 1, although General Manager Trent Baalke said this week that he is “more worried about getting [Kaepernick] healthy” than that date.