ENGLEWOOD, Col. -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will not play Saturday night in the 49ers' exhibition game against the Denver Broncos, but the team expects him to be a full participant in practice next week and play against the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 26.
Kaepernick threw lightly on the side during Wednesday’s workout. On Thursday, Kaepernick was expected to throw in just quarterback-receiver drills. He would not take part in any 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work against the Denver Broncos in the joint practice.
“We have a plan for him going forward,” 49ers coach Chip Kelly said. “They’re easing him back into throwing right now. In talking to him, he said he feels really good about it. But we don’t want to throw him back out there and have a set back right now.
“As we said before, from what we understand, it’s not a long-term thing. He’ll throw a little more today and see how he feels and continue to progress him and hopefully we can get him back full next week.”
Kaepernick has not practiced since Aug. 10 at Kezar Stadium due to a "tired arm" or "arm fatigue." Kelly clarified that Kaepernick's condition is associated with a muscle in his upper throwing arm.
"I don’t think he can go and we’re holding him back," Kelly said. "I’m sure he may feel that way. But what’s the best thing for him in terms of making sure he’s 100 percent and ready to go.
"He’s involved in every discussion. It’s not like we’re telling him what to do. He’s the one who ultimately knows how he feels. But it’s like a lot of times when you have a muscle injury, all of a sudden, ‘Hey, I feel great.’ Then the guy re-injures because they push themselves a little too far. So we want to err on the side of caution and make sure he’s 100-percent as we get rolling here."
--Wide receiver Bruce Ellington (ankle) and DeAndre Smelter (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Smelter is expected to be at least a week away from returning to work.
--The 49ers were set to have their second practice against the Broncos on Thursday. Last year's Super Bowl champions clearly got the better of the 49ers on Wednesday.
"I thought there were ups and downs," Kelly said. "There were some positives you can build on in certain situations. There were other things we got to clean up. You hope that Day 2 is better than Day 1."
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