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Why The 49ers Won't Play Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick, who made headlines this year for his protests during the national anthem, probably won't be suiting up as a starter for the San Francisco 49ers any time soon. 

Kaepernick made national news earlier this year when he did not stand up during the national anthem, in a show of support for Black Lives Matter.

Kaepernick was injured last season and played through with his shoulder injury before being benched for poor play. If Kaepernick suffers an injury this season that ends his football career, the 49ers will reportedly still have to pay the QB's $14.5 million salary in 2017 and another $5.2 million in 2018, according to Yahoo.

However, Kaepernick reportedly has an insurance policy that will award $20 million to the 49ers if he suffers a career-ending injury, so the 49ers will be covered even if Kaepernick has a serious injury on the field.

After Kaepernick's injury last season, he waited to have surgery on his shoulder. According to Fox, if Kaepernick wasn't healthy by April 1st, the team would still need to pay him his $11.9 million base salary. Another factor to keeping Kaepernick on the team but benching him may be his recent protests - the 49ers would risk a political backlash if they cut him after he received national attention for his national anthem protests.

Kelly has said that he would consider switching Gabbert out for Kapernick after their most recent loss against the Arizona Cardinals, according to USA Today.

"I think we’re going to look at everything. We’re 1-4," said Kelly. "We got to make sure we’re going out there and giving us the best chance to win. So we’re going to look at everything."

Kelly noted that if the team were to switch out their quarterbacks, it wouldn't be in their upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills, because it would be too soon.

"We’ve got a couple days off here in terms of getting ready for Buffalo and then we’ll assess everything and move from there," he said. "But we’re not talking about who’s playing in a game that’s 10 days from now."

Sources: Fox Sports, USA Today, Yahoo / Photo Credit: Flickr/Paladin Justice

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