Colin Kaepernick, who has been under scrutiny all season due to his protest during anthems, has been selected to start for the San Francisco 49ers.
The back-up quarterback will take the place of Blaine Gabbert, who has been struggling for form of late. 49ers coach Chip Kelly revealed the news on Tuesday during a press conference.
“Just to announce, we’re going to make a move at quarterback and we’re going to start Colin this week and give him an opportunity to run with the ones,” he said.
“I believe you’ve got to do it at the beginning of the week just because of how reps are distributed.”
Kelly added that Kaepernick’s protest against racial oppression and inequality will not be any more of an issue now that the 28-year-old is in the starting line up.
“No and I think we’ve answered that question ad nauseam as much as the weight question that we’ve answered is that it has not been an issue and I think because of how Colin has handled it,” continued Kelly.
“He handled it very straightforward with our players when it first came about way back when in August, and it hasn’t been an issue since then, so I don’t see it changing from that standpoint.”
Meanwhile, Kaepernick is confident he can lead his team to victory against the Buffalo Bills.
“I think I’ve always been confident,” he revealed.
“It’s something that I’m ready to step on that field, I’m ready to play. It’s been about a year since live game action. So, I’m itching to get out there.”