49ers coach Chip Kelly has announced that quarterback Colin Kaepernick will get the starting nod for Sunday's game against the Bills in Buffalo.
Kaepernick hasn't attempted a pass since the preseason, when he created a firestorm of controversy for his refusal to stand for the national anthem as a protest of racial and social injustice. He hasn't started a game since losing the job to Blaine Gabbert in Week 8 of last season, then injuries limited his ability to prepare in the offseason. San Francisco shares the worst record in the NFC at 1-4 as Gabbert has badly struggled, ranking second-to-last in the NFL in passer rating and last in yards per attempt.
Kelly said that rumored discussions over Kaepernick's contract had nothing to do with the change.