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Chip Kelly Announces Colin Kaepernick Is Now San Francisco's Starting QB

Chip Kelly announced on Tuesday that Colin Kaepernick is now the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has made headlines for off-the-field reasons in 2016 - as his protest of racial injustice during the playing of the national anthem has gotten a great deal of coverage. Starting this weekend, he'll be making news for his on-the-field accomplishments as well.

Tuesday, 49ers head coach Chip Kelly announced that Kaepernick will start his team's game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Kaepernick will replace Blaine Gabbert, who led the team to a 1-4 start to the season.

Gabbert, on the season, is 87-of-150 for 890 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions. San Francisco is 18th in the NFL in points per game - and 31st in overall yards per game.

Kaepernick was previously the team's starter from 2012 until midway through last season. He led the team to the Super Bowl back during the 2012 season.

It'll be interesting to see how news of Kaepernick's promotion is received by NFL fans. The 49ers and the Bills will get things started at 1:00 p.m. ET.