SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was placed on season-ending injured reserve by the 49ers on Saturday with a left shoulder injury, possibly signaling an end to his time with the team just three seasons after he led it to a Super Bowl.
Kaepernick, 28, had soreness in his nonthrowing shoulder and brought it to the attention of the medical staff Monday. He received treatment but was listed as a full participant in practice. He was listed Friday as probable for Sunday's game at Seattle as the backup to promoted starter Blaine Gabbert.
But after the team submitted the injury report, Kaepernick returned to the training staff Friday after practice and said the shoulder wasn't making any progress and asked about his options. Surgery was considered a distinct possibility.
Kaepernick's $11.9 million 2016 contract would become fully guaranteed for injury if he's still on the roster April 1. Because of that, many have figured Kaepernick's time with the Niners might be done in what has been a forgettable season.
BUCS ADDITION: Rookie linebacker Josh Keyes was promoted from the practice squad, filling the final spot on the Bucs' 53-man roster for today's game against the Eagles. Keyes (pronounced KIZE) went undrafted out of Boston College. He should take the roles on kickoff and punt coverage that opened when linebacker Orie Lemon was waived Monday.