The San Francisco 49ers quarterback battle will come down to Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick. But the Niners got bad news about a depth quarterback Monday afternoon.
According to multiple reports, 49ers quarterback Thad Lewis sustained a torn ACL during Sunday night’s preseason opener and will miss the entire 2016 season.
Lewis exited the game during the third quarter against the Houston Texans. He was San Francisco’s backup quarterback behind Gabbert with Kaepernick sitting out due to arm fatigue. Lewis went 12 for 21 for 97 yards before the injury occurred. He was replaced by sixth-round pick Jeff Driskel.
Lewis was entering his first season with the 49ers after bouncing the league the past two seasons. Lewis hasn’t taken a regular season snap since 2013 when he started five games for the Buffalo Bills.
San Francisco still hasn’t tabbed a starting quarterback, as new coach Chip Kelly has staged a battle between Gabbert and Kaepernick for the job. Driskel might not factor into the race as a rookie, but some believe he could earn the job in a couple of years.