Colin Kaepernick claimed to have a hangnail on the “pinkie toe” of both feet early last season.
And while 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh did not get into any specifics Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, he certainly did not minimize his quarterback's undisclosed early-season foot injury.
“I noticed it, especially in practice,” Harbaugh said. “I think anytime you have a foot, a hand or a finger, it affects you throwing and running.”
The 49ers did step in, Harbaugh admitted, to reduce the number of times the 49ers called plays in their quarterback-driven run game early in the season. Kaepernick rushed 94 times for 524 yards during the regular season. He added 243 yards on 26 rushing attempts in just three playoff games.
“We weren’t calling those plays as much early in the season,” Harbaugh said. “We didn’t want to see Colin get hit 12 times a game. Four or five, maybe, and that’s it. That was a conscious effort.”
Kaepernick never missed a practice or a game. According to the story, in early November, he was no longer listed on the injury report with the foot injury.