49ers Place Colin Kaepernick On Injured Reserve

Colin Kaepernick's season is over. The San Francisco 49ers placed the demoted quarterback on injured reserve Saturday with a shoulder injury. 

Kaepernick was benched in favor of backup QB Blaine Gabbert two weeks ago. Gabbert led the 49ers to a win over the Atlanta Falcons that week and Gabbert was named the starter for this week's game against the Seattle Seahawks not long after. With Kaepernick done for the season, it's clearly Gabbert's team for the rest of the year. After flaming out with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gabbert gets another chance at proving he can be a franchise QB. 

Taking the place of Kaepernick on the active roster is Dylan Thompson, who was called up from the practice squad. Thompson is a rookie  undrafted free agent out of South Carolina. 

Kaepernick completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,615 yards, 6 touchdowns and five picks in eight starts. Those numbers were on track to be career-worsts. 

Kaepernick may have played his last down for the 49ers. Kaepernick's contract doesn't have much guaranteed money left, but he has a nearly $17 million cap hit next season. The 49ers can save nearly $10 million next season alone by cutting him. 

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