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In this Sept. 1, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick passes against the San Diego Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, in San Diego. Kaepernick will start at quarterback for the 49ers this week against the Buffalo Bills. Coach Chip Kelly announced the decision Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, to bench Blaine Gabbert and give back the job Kaepernick lost midway through last season.

October 11, 2016

49ers name Colin Kaepernick starting quarterback

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Colin Kaepernick will start at quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers this week against the Buffalo Bills.

Coach Chip Kelly announced the decision Tuesday to bench Blaine Gabbert and give back the job Kaepernick lost midway through last season. Kaepernick has only played briefly in the opener but has generated attention with his refusal to stand for the national anthem.

Gabbert has struggled this season for San Francisco (1-4). He is last in the NFL in yards per attempt (5.9) and has the second-worst passer rating (69.6) in the league.

After leading the Niners to the Super Bowl following the 2012 season and the NFC title game the following year, Kaepernick has struggled. He lost his job to Gabbert midway through last season and then had three operations that limited his work in the offseason.

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