SAN FRANCISCO (CBS13) — The San Francisco 49ers have announced Colin Kaepernick will take over for the struggling Blaine Gabbert in the team’s game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
The move comes after Gabbert led the 49ers to a 1-4 start, most recently with a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Gabbert was 18-31 throwing for just 162 yards and two interceptions in the loss.
Kaepernick has made headlines this season in his backup role for his protest of the national anthem before games. Kaepernick started sitting for the national anthem during the preseason, but it wasn’t noticed until the team’s third preseason game. After criticism and some advice from members of the military, Kaepernick changed the protest to kneeling in the team’s preseason finale, where he was joined by teammate Eric Reid.
The protest has landed him on the cover of Time magazine.
Kaepernick hasn’t taken a snap yet this season, but he was 11-18 for 103 yards in limited play during the team’s final preseason game against the San Diego Chargers.
The 49ers will be in for a challenge from the recently resurgent Bills, who have one their last three games after an 0-2 start, including a 16-0 shutout of the Tom Brady-less New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams.