Editor's note: The above video is from April 28.
SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is going through individual drills on the 49ers’ practice field Tuesday for the first time this offseason.
Kaepernick will not take part in all drills during the 49ers’ mandatory three-day minicamp, but his level of activity has increased to the point that he was on the practice field throwing passes during warmups.
"He's practicing," 49ers coach Chip Kelly said. "He's just not going to do team and 7-on-7, but he's been cleared to do individual drills.
"You're not going to go from not practicing to full practice. I don't think anybody ever does that. You're going to bring him along gradually. He'll do more today. He'll do more individual and throw to the receivers and to the tight ends and to the running backs. I think it's a natural progression that he's doing."
The 49ers opened their three-day minicamp on Tuesday.
Kaepernick underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum Nov. 24. The surgery was expected to include four to six months of rehabilitation. Shortly after the season, he underwent surgeries on his right thumb and left knee.
He noticeably lost weight and strength during the lengthy period of time he was unable to implement his typical training routine. Kaepernick appears to have regained a significant portion of his weight and strength, but the team wants him all the way back before they give him full clearance to return to the practice field.
The 49ers open training camp in late-July. Barring a setback, Kaepernick is likely to be cleared to begin competing at that time with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job.