That makes it difficult for Kaepernick to prepare for his first NFL season, but he has a plan.
Kaepernick has traded text messages with Luck since they met last summer at the Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana. After Kaepernick landed with the 49ers, he received a call from Luck and wants to continue the conversation this summer.
"Especially if the lockout stays on," Kaepernick told The Bee last week. "I'm going to try and pick his brain as much as I can and try to get a jump-start into this offense, and pick up as much as I can from him."
But what use is a playbook to a rookie who doesn't have access to coaches who can explain it to him?
"I think it's better than not having the playbook, but it does need to be coached, explained," Harbaugh said. "It needs to be interactive, questions being asked, questions being answered."