After sitting out the offseason, and Training Camp, and the preseason, and the National Anthem, Colin Kaepernick finally returned to action Friday night and made a strong case for sitting out the regular season, too.
And that’s your 49er highlight for the evening. Stay tuned for handwringing disguised as an upbeat attitude.
The 49ers’ only TD came early in the game on Blaine Gabbert‘s second drive, a 5 play 53 yard effort. After that, the Green Bay offense stayed on the field for two-thirds of the game, running 76 plays to the Niners’ 47.
Adding injury to insult, four Niner players had to leave the game. Carlos Hyde with a concussion, Quinton Dial with a knee, Bruce Ellinton with a hamstring, and Eric Reid with a something. If Dial has a serious owie, it means the entire starting D-line from last year will be on the sideline to begin the season.
Good thing we have some gifted young players to replace these guys. Except one of them, Arik Armstead, injured his shoulder before the first preseason game and he hasn’t played since.
On the plus side, insomniacs in the crowd were probably snoring peacefully by mid-way through the third quarter, thereby missing the excitement of another Packers’ TD and a field goal by Phil Dawson.
All in all, a bit of a fizzle for Chip Kelly‘s offense, Jim O’Neil‘s defense, and any flickering hope that the team will climb out of the NFC West cellar this year.