If there is one player on the roster of the San Francisco 49ers that they absolutely cannot afford to lose, it’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with an apparent foot injury, which may be cause of concern. Head coach Jim Harbaugh, however, says not to worry.
“It’s well-documented about the injury reports,” Harbaugh told the media. “Any type of ailment, injury, however you define it, has got to be on the injury report.”
However, he did not disclose how the injury was sustained, only pointing out that the 49ers were complying with the rules by listing the injury.
It is not a stretch to say that Kaepernick has not looked like himself this season. After an outburst in Week 1 against the Packers, Kaepernick ran the ball just four times in the last two games, and the read-option has been nearly non-existent in the 49ers offense. He completed just six passes last week against the Texans, yet the 49ers won in a blowout.
“The only stat I really care about is whether we won or not,” he said. Kaepernick and the 49ers are averaging just 181.6 passing yards per game, which is second worst in the NFL.
But as their schedule eases up (their next four games are all winnable), perhaps Kaepernick will open it up a bit and actually get to perform his patented “Kaepernicking” maneuver in the end zone.