Updating a previous story that Colin Kaepernick resumed throwing during warmups today, several players stated that the San Francisco 49ers quarterback did indeed take part in team drills during practice as well. It sounds as though Kaepernick, who has not fully participated in practice since August 10, has officially jumped back into the quarterback competition with Blaine Gabbert.
Later, while in the locker room, Kaepernick himself confirmed his full participation and said that his arm was back to normal and that he was very happy to be back.
Dres Anderson says Colin Kaepernick threw during team drills today.— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 22, 2016
Jimmie Ward says Colin Kaepernick completed a long pass to Bruce Ellington today during 7-on-7s.— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 22, 2016
#49ers CB Jimmie Ward said Colin Kaepernick completed several throws in practice, including "great throw" on corner route against him— Cam Inman (@CamInman) August 22, 2016
"He was throwing the ball well during open portion of practice," said Chris Biderman of Niners Wire.
With Kaepernick unable to throw due to a muscle issue in his throwing arm, Gabbert has started the team's past two preseason games. The coaching staff has repeatedly stated that preseason will be huge for evaluating the two quarterbacks and deciding on a regular season starter. Until now, the competition has seen Gabbert go unchallenged. Kaepernick hopes to change that this week.
Head coach Chip Kelly has stated that the team would like to "ease" Kaepernick back into practice and prepare him for Friday's preseason matchup against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium. The quarterback feels that he is on track to do so. It would be his first game action – preseason or otherwise – since November 1, 2015.
"Were gonna take the full time we have to evaluate and make sure we make the right decision on our quarterback," said Kelly on KNBR today. That may mean letting the competition last until the team's fourth and final preseason game – a game where starters typically rest.
Prior to Saturday's victory over the Denver Broncos, Kaepernick was seen on the field about two hours before kickoff. He reportedly threw over 50 passes, varying in distance, in about a 30-minute window.
On Sunday, head coach Chip Kelly was asked how the quarterback felt following that throwing session. "I think Kap is fine," Kelly answered. "I saw Kap. He's fine."