Colin Kaepernick had surgery in Vail, Colo., on Tuesday morning on his left, non-throwing shoulder. A league source, who did not want to be identified because he is unauthorized to speak on the matter, said the doctor who performed the surgery, Dr. Peter Millett of the Steadman Clinic, described the tear in the 49ers quarterback’s labrum as “extensive.”
Kaepernick’s recovery is expected to last four to six months. He will go through rehabilitation with the 49ers, who must decide whether to cut ties with him – through a trade or release – by April 1, when his $11.9 million salary for 2016 becomes guaranteed.
General manager Trent Baalke said Sunday that speculation Kaepernick had played his last snap for the 49ers was premature. He was placed on injured reserve Saturday, and the 49ers will move forward this season with a quarterback corps that includes Blaine Gabbert, undrafted rookie Dylan Thompson and McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who was added to the practice squad Monday.
Kaepernick injured the shoulder in a Week 4 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He was examined after the game by the team’s doctor, but the full extent of the injury wasn’t known until last week, when Kaepernick had an MRI.
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Kaepernick did not appear on the team’s weekly injury report with a shoulder injury until after the MRI. That’s when he sought a second opinion from Millett, who suggested surgery as an option. Millett and the 49ers’ team surgeon, Tim McAdams of Stanford Hospital, have been in contact throughout the process.
Meanwhile, former San Jose State quarterback David Fales told Chicago-area reporters Tuesday that the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens were interested in signing him off the Bears’ practice squad this week. Instead of losing him, Chicago elevated Fales to the 53-man roster Monday.