Chip Kelly: Colin Kaepernick to start vs. Buccaneers

Monday October 17th, 2016

San Francisco 49ers head coach Chip Kelly announced Colin Kaepernick will remain the team's starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Kaepernick was met with jeers from Buffalo Bills fans in Sunday's 45–16 loss at New Era Field, where the 49ers dropped to 1–5 on the season. He finished the day with 13 of 29 passes completed for one touchdown. Kaepernick also ran the ball eight times for 66 yards.

It was Kaepernick's first start since November 2015, as he posted a 2–6 record last season before being benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert and then placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Back as starter, Kaepernick sends a message

Kaepernick also continued his national anthem protest on Sunday, kneeling during the national anthem in an effort to raise awareness for police violence and racial injustice in America. Despite criticism from some, Kaepernick has said he plans to continue his demonstration. 

The 49ers will play the Buccaneers at 4:05 p.m. ET at Levi's Stadium on Sunday.

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