The wait for Colin Kaepernick to play this season is over. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who has been held back by injuries following three offseason surgeries, will start Sunday’s road game against the Buffalo Bills, head coach Chip Kelly said on Wednesday. Kelly announced the decision Tuesday to bench Blaine Gabbert and give back the job Kaepernick lost midway through last season.
I think offensively, we just need to be better, and we just need to make a move.
Chip Kelly, San Francisco 49ers head coach
Kaepernick has played only briefly in the opener but has generated attention for his refusal to stand for the national anthem. Gabbert won the starting job out of training camp but, aside from some decent scrambling, has largely struggled. He’s thrown five touchdown passes against six interceptions, and the 49ers (1-4) have lost four in a row. So his benching isn’t a shock.