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Kaepernick Steps Up, Talks Foot Injury

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Colin Kaepernick has twice been listed on the 49ers injury report this season. The 49ers quarterback explained why.

Colin Kaepernick has twice been listed on the 49ers injury report this season. The reports suggested Kaepernick was troubled by a foot injury.

San Francisco’s starting quarterback, however, has been able to practice fully throughout the 2013 season and has not missed any snaps due to injury. Jim Harbaugh said the foot condition has not hampered the team’s offensive game plans.

The Kaepernick foot mystery may have been solved on Wednesday.

Key word, may.

Kaepernick, perhaps in jest, explained why he’s been on two injury reports. Kaepernick didn’t appear to be seriously giving away his true foot ailment, but the conversation was intriguing nonetheless.

Here’s the entertaining exchange between the 49ers quarterback and members of the Bay Area media.

Reporter: “Colin, you’ve been on the injury report with a foot condition, what is the issue and has it impacted you whatsoever?”

Kaepernick: “A hangnail.”

Reporter: “Really?”

Kaepernick: “Yes.”

Reporter: “So, it hasn’t hampered you?”

Kaepernick: “No.”

Reporter: “It just hurts?”

Kaepernick: “A little bit.”

Reporter: “Can we ask what toe you had you hangnail on?”

Kaepernick: “Um, pinkie toe.”

Reporter: “Right or left foot?”

Kaepernick: “Um, both.”

Foot injury or not, the 49ers quarterback has been reluctant to run in his first season as a full-time starter. Through six weeks, Kaepernick has rushed for 172 yards on 31 attempts. The 49ers quarterback had 235 rushing yards on 39 carries in his first six starts in 2012.

San Francisco's Week 7 opponents, the Tennessee Titans, allowed 61 rushing yards (10 carries) to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in a 20-13 deafeat last week.