Kaepernick has not played all season. The 49ers are 1–4 on the season with Blaine Gabbert as the team's starting quarterback.
Despite not playing, Kaepernick has been in the spotlight, as he has refused to stand during the national anthem to raise awareness for racial injustice and police brutality in America. Players throughout the league have joined Kaepernick's demonstration by taking a knee, locking arms or raising their fists during the national anthem.
The 49ers and Kaepernick are reportedly closing in on a new contract to alleviate concerns regarding injury guarantees, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
Kaepernick took over as the 49ers starting quarterback in 2012 and started in all 16 games in 2013 and 2014. He has thrown for 10,030 yards and 56 touchdowns in his 58 games for San Francisco.