Colin Kaepernick’s surgeon said Monday his patient’s attitude is helping his progress as he continues to rehab after three surgeries.
“Colin is working very hard and is totally committed to being healthy and ready for next season,” said Dr. Peter Millett of the Steadman Clinic of Vail, Colorado, in a statement.
“His work ethic and positive outlook are no doubt speeding his recovery.”
Kaepernick underwent season-ending surgery in November to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. Kaepernick also had surgical procedures to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb and arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Jan. 6.
Kaepernick opted to conduct his rehabilitation in Colorado, rather than working with the 49ers’ medical staff in Santa Clara.
Kaepernick’s future with the 49ers remains in question. There is no indication whether new coach Chip Kelly envisions Kaepernick as part of his plan. Kaepernick is scheduled to make $11.9 million in base salary, which becomes fully guaranteed if Kaepernick remains on the roster on April 1.
While Kaepernick is expected to make a full recovery for next season, there is no timetable give for him to be cleared for football activity. His representatives are expected to meet with 49ers executives at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week.
Kaepernick was benched after eight games last season. Two weeks later, an MRI revealed his shoulder injury, at which point Kaepernick decided to undergo the first of his surgeries.