Colin Kaepernick’s dead arm has been revived.
The 49ers quarterback returned to practice for the first time since Aug. 10 after being sidelined with arm fatigue, according to The Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows. Kaepernick missed both of San Francisco’s first two preseason contests.
The question is whether Kaepernick’s absence squandered his opportunity at the starting job. Blaine Gabbert has assumed the first-team reps during camp, but hasn’t played well enough to take the job outright. Gabbert went 6-for-9 with 69 yards during San Francisco’s second preseason game against the Denver Broncos.
The 49ers have had some tough luck at quarterback this summer. Aside from Kaepernick’s injury, the Niners lost Thad Lewis for the season with a torn ACL. Lewis’ injury prompted San Francisco to sign veteran Christian Ponder to a one-year deal. Ponder will likely compete with rookie Jeff Driskell for the team’s third-string job.
Kaepernick is back on the practice field. But the enigmatic, mobile quarterback must prove to a new coaching staff he can stay healthy and reliable.