Over the weekend, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said that he hoped quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be able to play against the Broncos this Saturday despite a dead arm that kept him from playing in the preseason opener.
The chances of that happening haven’t improved over the last couple of days. Kaepernick didn’t throw during Tuesday’s practice, although Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that he took snaps and handed the ball off over the course of a brief session before the team left for Denver.
They’ll be working out with the Broncos ahead of Saturday’s game and Wednesday will mark a week since the last time Kaepernick threw a pass. Both he and the team have downplayed the severity of the problem and Kelly downplayed the impact that his absence is having on the quarterback competition with Blaine Gabbert, but it will be harder to keep that up on all fronts the longer Kaepernick remains a quarterback who can’t throw the ball.
With Kaepernick limited and Thad Lewis out with a torn ACL, Jeff Driskel was the only quarterback throwing other than Gabbert. Barrows reports the team is looking to add a quarterback to the group and could have one before Wednesday’s practice with the Broncos.