San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick returned to Levi’s Stadium on Monday morning after undergoing surgery for a torn labrum last Tuesday.
“It’s my understanding he’s in today to start his rehab,” Jim Tomsula said during his press conference Monday.
As mentioned previously, Kaepernick underwent surgery in his non-throwing shoulder last week in Vail, Colorado. Recovery generally takes between four and six months to complete. Dr. Peter Millet of the Steadman Clinic performed the surgery — which kept Kaepernick away from yesterday’s contest against the Arizona Cardinals. The quarterback reportedly wanted to be in attendance for the game, but doctors advised against the idea, telling him to remain away for rest and recovery of the shoulder.
Kaepernick has not spoken publicly since the team deactivated him before a Week 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks. 49ers general manager Trent Baalke told the media during that game the surgery was a ‘mutual decision’ between Kaepernick and the team’s medical staff.
His future with the team remains a subject of great debate, especially once you consider the much more significant impact backup Blaine Gabbert has had on the team since taking the reigns of the starting job. If San Francisco retains Kaepernick, they will owe him a base salary of $11.9 million next season.
In other injury news, tight end Garret Celek will have an MRI performed on his left ankle, which was sprained during the Cardinals game. He left the game and was never able to return.
“Celek is going for an MRI, but we still feel like nothing’s broken, that it’s what our people categorized as a high-ankle sprain,” Tomsula said. “Obviously with those, we have to look to see the severity of it.”
The results of the MRI will determine whether Celek will be able to return to the field this season. If not, the 49ers will likely have to add another tight end to the roster, joining the current stable of Blake Bell and Vance McDonald.