San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hands off the ball as players take part in drills before facing the Denver Broncos during the teams' joint NFL football training camp session Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalu
David Zalubowski
August 21, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Colin Kaepernick threw dozens of passes on the side during the 49ers' joint practice Thursday with the Denver Broncos, signaling the quarterback's return from a sore passing shoulder.

The throws were the first on the practice field in a week for Kaepernick, whose competition with Blaine Gabbert for the starting job had to be put on hold after tightness in his right shoulder forced him to rest his throwing arm.

Kaepernick also took part in individual quarterback drills and conditioning. However, coach Chip Kelly said Kaepernick would be eased back into full participation in practices and ruled him out for Saturday night's exhibition game against the Broncos.

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