Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is making good progress in his rehabilitation from three surgeries, according to 49ers general manager Trent Baalke.
"Kap's doing an awfully good job with his rehab,” Baalke said Wednesday on Sirius XM NFL radio. “He’s out on the field now. He's not throwing with the group, yet. He's still throwing in the rehabilitation phase of it. He's back out there slinging it a little bit. So that's going well.”
Kaepernick appears to be on track to receive clearance under the original timeframe of six months from the late-November surgery to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder. He also underwent surgeries after the season on his right thumb and left knee.
Kaepernick remains on the 49ers’ 90-man roster after he and the Denver Broncos failed to agree on a new contract that would have facilitated a trade this offseason.
Blaine Gabbert, Thad Lewis, Dylan Thompson and Jeff Driskel, a sixth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, are the other quarterbacks on the 49ers’ roster. Kaepernick and Gabbert are expected to compete for the starting job.
"We've got five guys on the roster right now at that position,” Baalke said. “We're going to work through it.
"And the coaches are excited about that group of guys. They feel good about it. We're getting a lot of work in right now. And we've got a couple more months to plow through this offseason before we send these guys out for a break, so, it's exciting times. And we're looking forward to that group going out there and competing.”