Chip Kelly: Colin Kaepernick is still not healthy enough to start

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After 49ers quarterback Blaine Gabbert turned in a terrible performance in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks, coach Chip Kelly said he didn’t think about benching Gabbert. That’s in part because backup Colin Kaepernick still isn’t 100 percent healthy after having three offseason surgeries.

Kelly said today that Kaepernick is still working himself back into shape and needs to get stronger before he’d be able to start week in and week out.

I don’t think he’s ready to go full time,” Kelly said of Kaepernick. “He’s continuing to work on it. I think he’s over there right now. And, Kap will be the first to tell you, if you guys have been around here before, I think his playing weight has been around 225 and he’s not at that right now. So, he’s going out there and continuing to work, continuing to get better. He had a serious layoff in terms of being able to medical rehab. To get the full Kap for what you need, the potential that he has, he needs to continue to just work on the physical aspect of things.”

Asked how close Kaepernick is to 100 percent healthy, Kelly answered, “I don’t know. That’s a good question for him. So, he’ll be able to tell you exactly where he is.”

Kaepernick is healthy enough to be the No. 2 quarterback, which means he’s healthy enough that he could play if Gabbert got hurt. If Gabbert keeps playing the way he’s been playing, Kelly may make a change even if Kaepernick isn’t 100 percent.

40 responses to “Chip Kelly: Colin Kaepernick is still not healthy enough to start

  1. If he is healthy enough to be the backup, he’s good to go. If he was in that bad of physical shape he wouldn’t be the backup. He would be on IR.

  2. He’s to busy disrespecting the police officers that are protecting him from death threats than to get himself in game shape.

  3. Christian Ponder is an ok QB. Colin Kaepernick is a really good QB. Blaine Gabbert is a poor QB. If Kaepernick isn’t healthy, Ponder should be playing (although I think Kap is healthy). I know Ponder hasn’t been there very long, but didn’t Carson Wentz miss almost the entire pre-season?

  4. spotsdad says:
    Sep 26, 2016 5:46 PM
    “Colin Kaepernick is still not healthy enough to start”……Gee, no kiddin’. The poor guy can’t even stand.

    Spotsdad wins the internet today. Totally on point statement.

  5. Translation: Kap is radioactive right now. No need to make the organization look any worse than it does currently.
    Since it is my first year on the job, no hurry on trying to win right away so I’ll leave that scrub Gabbert in there for a few more beatdowns.

  6. There’s a reason he got benched in the first place. It’s because he’s not good. As bad as Gabbert is, he’s still better than Kaepernick. Spare us all the health crap. He’s not playing because he’s not the best QB on the roster.

  7. Believe the problem is that Kaepernick isn’t good enough to play… as well as all the attention he’s brought upon himself… and it has nothing to do with his help. Congrats 49ers, way to spend $26M.

  8. Just talk from Chip. Kaep will ride pine all season long before his inevitable release this coming off season. Dude can’t play and now he’s an arrogant/ignorant distraction. Only the most desperate teams will look at him next year and expect him to take a rock bottom contract. He can rock his piggy socks, Castro shirts and bad attitude with the Browns or Rams for 800k.

  9. Then why aren’t you using Ponder as the back-up Chip? You’re clueless dude. Back to college for you and out the door for Baalke who neglected to plan for this outcome.

  10. I watched him play last season and he was horrible. That’s why I think he started this whole protest stuff, to protect himself from everybody noticing that he is no NFL QB.

  11. So let me get this straight. The head coach says his #2 QB isn’t healthy enough to play…then says to find out how healthy he is, you have to ask that QB because he doesn’t know? Must be a San Francisco thing. Flashback: We have to pass the health care bill so you find out what is in it. — Nancy

  12. Typical, Gabbert given EVERY opportunity to start and every explanation. Now that he has shown “EXACTLY” what he has historically been his entire career in the NFL , all eyes now point back to Colin “kick ’em in the dirt” Kaepernick. Now worries, when he’s truly healthy or after Gabbert’s next great Stinky Performance, Kaep will be back !!!!

  13. Kap has gone vegan. He has lost weight and has a dead arm. He needs to eat meat and lose the girl friend.

  14. Healthy enough to take a knee during our national anthem and healthy enough to take reps during pre-game. Try mentioning not good enough to start. He is terrible and since he has become a vegetarian he has become to fragile to take a hit. Release him and take the lose of his contract. At least you get rid of the negative distraction he has become.

  15. bert1913 says:
    Sep 26, 2016 5:51 PM
    Santa Clara will have a top 5 pick in next years draft

    ///////////

    This is like saying Cleveland and Chicago will pick in the top 20.

  16. I think we have seen what the 9ers have in Gabbert. So, time to move on… If Kaepernick is not ready, then put Ponder in there and see what happens. Ponder had a good game in the preseason — which means almost nothing. But, at least this is a chance to find out if Ponder can run the Kelly offense.

    Time to cut Gabbert and move on.

  17. It’s simple really, spend less time on Twitter typing hashtags and more time in the gym,
    And stay off your knees. Good God man,
    This is an NFL team not a brothel.

  18. Injuries have 0 to do with why Kaepernick isn’t playing. He flat out is NOT the better QB. A healthy Kaepernick over 3 seasons against Seattle @ Century Link netted 0 TDs averaged 5 sacks threw 4 INTs 49ers scored only 3 points in EACH of those 3 game/FGs only. Gabbert was not totally at fault, got a late game TD and wasn’t thrown around like a rag doll like Kaepernick. In fact, Seattle didn’t get their hands on Gabbert. Kaepernick got 3.5 yrs of chance and a big boost by Alex Smith a great D and special teams. Gabbert got no such boost.

  19. Colin Krappernick is suffering from the mental disease of perpetual sense of victimhood. They symptoms are squatting when you should stand, changing your hairstyle to something you’ve never worn before, and a career that is worthless that he seeks to resurrect through distractions.

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