Kaepernick gets starting job back
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will start Sunday for the 49ers against the Bills.
Coach Chip Kelly announced the decision Tuesday to bench Blaine Gabbert and give back the job Kaepernick lost midway through last season. Kaepernick has only played briefly in the opener but has generated attention with his refusal to stand for the national anthem.
“We were very analytical and sat down as a staff and watched tape and went over everything,” Kelly said. “We’ve had a of couple days to digest everything where we are. I think offensively, we just need to be better and we just need to make a move.”
Gabbert has struggled this season. He is last in the NFL in yards per attempt (5.9) and has the secondworst passer rating (69.6) in the league.
“It’s not Blaine’s fault,” Kelly said. “I think as a group, offensively we need to be better in a lot of ways. So we’re going to see what we can do and make a move here. It’s really one of the only maneuvers we can make based on our depth.” Siemian expects return: Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian, who was held out of Sunday’s loss to the Falcons with a left shoulder injury, said he believes he will start Thursday night against the Chargers.
“Yeah, I think so. I think I’m expecting to play,” Siemian said when asked if he will start.
Interim coach Joe DeCamillis, filling in for Gary Kubiak, who is sitting out with a “complex migraine condition,” said Siemian would officially be listed as limited in practice.
“He had a positive day (Monday) in practice and we’ll try to progress with him and see where he ends up,” DeCamillis said. Hardy switching to MMA: Former Panthers and Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy is planning to transition to mixed martial arts fighting.
“I’m very focused and excited to start my MMA career,” Hardy said in a statement to www.mmafighting.com. “I’m going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that.”
Hardy, who missed most of 2014 and parts of the 2015 seasons after being arrested in a domestic violence incident involving a former girlfriend, was not picked up by an NFL team this season and was arrested for cocaine possession in a Dallas suburb last month. Extra points: The Lions signed RB Justin Forsett to bolster their short-handed backfield. Forsett was released this month by the Ravens after asking to be let go. Forsett ran for 1,266 yards in 2014. He broke his arm last season after playing in 10 games. … Steelers DE Cam Heyward (hamstring) will miss Sunday’s game against the Dolphins, ending his streak of 85 straight games played since being drafted in 2011. … The 10-game suspension for Eagles RT Lane Johnson for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances was upheld. … Cardinals QB Carson Palmer and LB Kevin Minter cleared concussion protocol. … Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said results from QB Tony Romo’s MRI came back as expected and there is “no more concern” about Romo’s injury.