Colin Kaepernick mainly a practice observer
Colin Kaepernick didn’t throw in Tuesday’s practice, the third straight session in which the quarterback’s sore right shoulder has relegated him to handoffs and quarterback keepers.
Tuesday’s practice was a glorified walk-through in which Blaine Gabbert and Jeff Driskel took all the throws. Kaepernick was on hand, and he took snaps on running plays. He was seen stretching his right shoulder, giving high fives to teammates with his right hand and extending the arm to deliver the ball on running plays. But he has not thrown a pass since Wednesday’s practice at Kezar Stadium. He did not play in Sunday’s preseason game against the Texans.
The 49ers don’t believe there is any long-term damage with the quarterback’s shoulder. Kaepernick, who described the issue as “tightness” from having thrown a lot of passes in a relatively short amount of time, said he wanted to get on top of it now so that it does not linger into the regular season. Kaepernick likely would want to scrimmage against the Broncos, a team with which he had trade talks in the offseason, but his status for the upcoming sessions is not determined.
Gabbert was 2-6 in team drills, including a drop by tight end Garrett Celek. The session, the team’s first since Sunday’s game, was sloppy overall with a number of false starts and off-sides issues by linemen.
In addition to Kaepernick, defensive end Arik Armstead (shoulder), receiver Bruce Ellington (ankle) and receiver Quinton Patton (hamstring) did not take part in team drills. Patton went through the individual period.
Jerome Simpson filled in at left wide receiver for Patton; DeAndrew White took most of the slot-receiver snaps with the first-team offense. The 49ers also were with without receiver DeAndre Smelter, who is dealing with an undisclosed issue. Another receiver, Eric Rogers, had ACL surgery Tuesday. He remains on the 49ers’ 90-man roster, though he could be waived/injured if the 49ers feel they are short on pass catchers.
Rookie cornerback Rashard Robinson went through a light practice. During Sunday’s game, he played six snaps before leaving with what Chip Kelly described as tightness. “So they erred on the side of precaution, but he should be able to go this week,” Kelly said. “This will be a big week for him.”
Safety Eric Reid was back at practice following the birth of his daughter.