Kaeper­nick gets start­ing job back

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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.

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