Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s season came to an end not with a bang, but a whimper on Saturday afternoon. The San Francisco 49ers placed their former starter on Injured Reserve, ending his season, to have surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Colin Kaepernick told 49ers on Friday he wants to have surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, per source. Thus, IR. Thus, season over.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 21, 2015
Not only is his 2015 campaign over, his career with the 49ers may be finished too. After being benched by head coach Jim Tomsula for the team’s game against the Atlanta Falcons on Nov. 8 in favor of Blaine Gabbert, the new starter went 15-for-25 for 185 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 17-16 victory.
Kaepernick threw for 1,615 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions in nine games (eight starts) this season. He added 256 yards and one score on the ground. He was on pace to increase his interception total and lower his touchdown total for the third consecutive season.
San Francisco can free up nearly $9.4 million in cap space if they cut Kaepernick in the upcoming offseason, according to OverTheCap.com. Provided he can pass a physical, the 49ers do not have to pay Kaepernick any additional money should they part ways, according to Pro Football Talk.
The 49ers promoted quarterback Dylan Thompson to the active roster from the practice squad.