Kaepernick making progress in recovery from surgeries


Colin Kaepernick is recovering from three surgeries, and his future in San Francisco is in question. But he appears to be on the road to being fully healthy.

CSNBayArea.com reports that Kaepernick is “definitely working hard,” according to a source familiar with his rehab routine in Vail, Colorado.

Kaepernick had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder on November 24. He then had two surgeries, one to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and one arthroscopic procedure on his left knee, on January 6. His arm is no longer in a sling and his thumb is no longer in a cast.

The 49ers have to decide by April 1 whether they view Kaepernick as their starter for this year. If they do, they’ll keep him and guarantee his 2016 salary of $11.9 million. But if new coach Chip Kelly doesn’t think Kaepernick is the man to run his offense, the 49ers may release Kaepernick.

One way or another, Kaepernick is expected to be fully healthy in time for minicamps. For whatever team he plays for when minicamps start.