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2011 49ers Draft Picks: Colin Kaepernick Has Surgery, 49ers In The Know

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported that San Francisco 49rs quaterback Colin Kaepernick had minor leg surgery just after the 2011 NFL Draft. Apparently, it was a non-invasive procedure and Kaepernick will be at 100% whenever the team needs him. This is the first the general public are hearing about any kind of injury, which Kaepernick says that he sustained in his final NCAA season, and that he played his final four games with it. It certainly didn't seem to affect his level of play, nor did it stop him from impressing at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, so the 49ers don't really have anything to worry about.

According to Kaepernick, all teams knew about the injury prior to the draft and it's assumed that they knew that he was going to correct it shortly after he was picked. The 49ers released a statement on the matter:

The 49ers are aware that Colin Kaepernick underwent a procedure to address a pre-existing injury and were fully aware of the injury at the time of the draft. The 49ers have no concerns regarding his health and are confident that he will be ready for the 2011 NFL season.       

Kaepernick got the surgery done at Stanford Hospital, which means the 49ers probably recommended it to him when they still had a window of opportunity to talk with him. Kaepernick will most likely be battling Alex Smith for the starting quarterback job, providing Smith returns to the team in 2011.