Colin Kaepernick practices fully, arm back to normal


Recovered from last week's fatigue in his throwing arm, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is expected to make his 2016 preseason debut Friday night versus the Packers.

Kaepernick returned to a complete practice Monday, throwing an array of short and deep passes. After the practice, he told reporters that his arm felt normal, per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

"It seemed no different to me," tight end Garrett Celek said of Kaepernick's throws.

It's a good sign that Kaepernick encountered no setbacks after throwing with improved velocity in Saturday's pregame session.

The arm fatigue sidelined Kaepernick for five practices as well as the first two preseason games, allowing Blaine Gabbert to gain a slight upperhand in the quarterback competition.

Although Gabbert has yet to give up a sack or toss an interception, he has missed throws and left plays on the field.

Kaepernick can make the quarterback decision a tough one for coach Chip Kelly if he clearly outplays Gabbert in Friday's regular-season dress rehearsal.