San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been cleared to participate in individual drills at the 49ers’ minicamp, marking the first time since his off-season surgeries that he’s been cleared for on-field practice, according to ESPN.
Kaepernick underwent surgeries on his right thumb and his left knee in January, and had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in November.
As of last Friday, offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said there was still no timetable for Kaepernick’s return, though he had been attending workouts and organized team activities since the team’s off-season program began in April.
“He’s practicing,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “He’s just not going to do team and 7-on-7. He’s progressed. You’re not going to go from not practicing to full practice. I don’t think anybody ever does that. You’re going to bring him along gradually.”
Kaepernick lost his starting role to Blaine Gabbert after eight games of the 2015 season and was placed on season-ending injured reserve shortly afterward.