Colin Kaepernick will be San Francisco’s starting quarterback for a second consecutive game when the 49ers face Tampa Bay this week, despite his struggles in the 49ers’ 45-16 loss to Buffalo on Sunday.
“There are some things he did Sunday that you can build upon,” 49ers Coach Chip Kelly said. “For his first extended playing time since last year, I thought there were some real positives.”
Kaepernick showed flashes of his old form in his first start in nearly a year — turning a possible safety into a 10-yard run, connecting on a deep touchdown pass to Torrey Smith, scrambling for a 29-yard gain. But too often he looked more like the quarterback who lost his starting job a year ago to Blaine Gabbert than the one who went to a Super Bowl and NFC title game in his first two years as starter. Kaepernick completed just 13 of 29 passes for 187 yards as the 49ers (1-5) put up a season low in points on the way to their first five-game losing streak in six years.
Denver Coach Gary Kubiak was back at work after taking a week off under doctor's orders. The 55-year-old coach suffered a complex migraine following the Broncos’ 23-16 loss to Atlanta on Oct. 9. He spent a night in the hospital after being taken from the stadium via ambulance when he suffered extreme fatigue. Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was interim head coach last Thursday when the Broncos (4-2) lost at San Diego, 21-13.
Some NFL teams are going old school to find ways around a league policy that prohibits team social media accounts from sharing their own highlight videos.
The league reportedly is limiting teams to reposting video from the NFL’s accounts, with fines of up to $100,000 for multiple infractions. With that in mind, Philadelphia and Cleveland got creative Sunday on Twitter. The Browns tweeted a video of toy football players to celebrate a touchdown. The Eagles used a similar video to show an interception, complete with a homemade sign.
Baltimore Coach John Harbaugh, whose team is reeling from a three-game losing streak and multiple injuries, confirmed that linebacker Terrell Suggs has a torn left biceps. Harbaugh said the Ravens’ career sack leader probably won’t play this week. Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith (concussion) and Jerraud Powers (groin) also joined the team’s growing injury list during Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants. . . .
Cleveland safety Jordan Poyer could be lost for the season after sustaining a lacerated kidney during Sunday’s loss at Tennessee. He remained hospitalized Monday in Nashville. Titans running back Antonio Andrews was flagged for a personal foul on the blindside hit that caused the injury. . . .
Washington receiver Josh Doctson will be shut down for a few weeks because of a lingering Achilles’ tendon injury. . . .
Green Bay could be missing its top three cornerbacks Thursday against Chicago. Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins have groin injuries, and Sam Shields is still sidelined by a concussion suffered in the season opener.