Colin Kaepernick Benched in Bears Blowout

49ers lose 11 straight games, own worst record in NFC
By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 4, 2016 Updated: December 4, 2016

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was benched during the second half in a game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Blaine Gabbert, who started for the 49ers before he struggled and was benched mid-season in favor of Kaepernick, took over for the team.

Kaepernick finished the day, completing 1-5 passes for four yards and no touchdowns. But Gabbert didn’t perform much better, completing 4 of 10 passes for 35 yards and no touchdowns. 

Kaepernick was also sacked five times during the snowy game.

NFL reporter Ian Rapoport, citing his sources, said Kaepernick will void his contract before the league year and will become a free agent. Before his debacle against the Bears, in his last four games, Kaepernick completed 86 of 145 passes for 1,110 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions.

Ahead of the game Sunday, Kaepernick again knelt for the national anthem. He’s has drawn national attention—and controversy—for his decision to kneel during the national anthem before games in order to bring attention to what he claims is the mistreatment of people of color.

On Saturday, veterans, police officers and others rallied outside Soldier Field urging Kaepernick to stand for the national anthem. They said since Soldier Field is named in honor of soldiers, he should stand.

The Bears trounced the 49ers, 26-6. After San Francisco won its first game against the Los Angeles Rams, the team has lost 11 straight.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.