Source: Kaepernick undergoes two procedures


San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick underwent surgical procedures on his right thumb and left knee on Wednesday at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, a source told

Kaepernick’s season came to an end in November after he underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. That surgery was also performed at the Steadman Clinic.

He is expected to fully recover from all three injuries, but doctors gave no timetable when Kaepernick can expect to be cleared for football activity, the source said.

Kaepernick underwent surgery in Wednesday morning to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. Doctors also performed arthroscopic surgery on Kaepernick’s left knee to remove small amounts of debris that were causing irritation. The knee was also drained of fluid and flushed clean, the source said.

He first revealed the injuries to his hand and knee to the media on Monday as he cleaned out his locker one day after the final game of the season. Kaepernick had been rehabbing daily at the 49ers’ facility at Levi’s Stadium after his shoulder surgery.

Kaepernick said the injury to his hand occurred during the Oct. 22 home game against Seattle. The extent of the damage was not known until an MRI examination last week revealed the ligament tear.

Kaepernick traveled to the Steadman Clinic for a second opinion where doctors confirmed the diagnosis and performed the procedure. Two titanium staples were inserted to secure the joint, the source says. Kaepernick’s throwing hand is expected be in a cast until it is re-evaluated in six weeks.

The left knee injury is a bone bruise Kaepernick said sustained during the Nov. 1 game in St. Louis. Doctors at the Steadman Clinic treated the knee during his first visit in November, a few days after they performed surgery on his left shoulder to repair his shoulder. The doctors determined Wednesday’s scope was needed, the source says, after they performed a follow-up examination.


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