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Kelly: No plan to get Ponder playing time

Kelly: No plan to get Ponder playing time

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback Colin Kaepernick will make his 11th consecutive start to finish the regular season on Sunday.

Coach Chip Kelly said there is no plan to get backup Christian Ponder into the 49ers’ season finale against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

“We’re trying to go win a football game,” Kelly said on Thursday. “Kap will play unless he gets banged up.”

Ponder supplanted Blaine Gabbert as the backup quarterback two weeks ago when the 49ers faced the Atlanta Falcons. Ponder has yet to appear in a game this season and he has not seen action in a regular-season game since the 2014 season while with the Minnesota Vikings.

Gabbert started the first five games of the season and served as the backup for the next eight games. He replaced Kaepernick at the beginning of the fourth quarter of the 49ers’ Dec. 4 game at the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was back in the starting lineup the following week.

Kaepernick has completed 57.7 percent of his pass attempts this season for 2,026 yards for the league’s lowest-ranked passing attack. He has thrown 15 touchdowns and four interceptions with a passer rating of 88.2.

Kaepernick is expected to opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent before the start of the new league year in March.

Inactives: Ponder remains 49ers' No. 2 QB

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Inactives: Ponder remains 49ers' No. 2 QB

LOS ANGELES – Christian Ponder will remain as the 49ers’ No. 2 quarterback on Sunday when the 49ers play the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Colin Kaepernick will make his 10th consecutive start of the season after replacing Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers are 0-9 in Kaepernick previous nine starts this season.

Ponder was inactive for the 49ers’ first 12 games of the season before getting promoted over Gabbert last week against the Atlanta Falcons. Ponder did not see action in the 49ers’ 41-13 loss. He has not attempted a pass in an NFL game since the 2014 season.

Outside linebacker Tank Carradine, a second-round draft pick in 2013, was a healthy scratch. Carradine has no sacks in 13 games in which he has appeared this season.

Within the past week, the 49ers placed wide receivers Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton, tight end Blake Bell, cornerback Jimmie Ward and linebacker Nick Bellore on injured reserve.

The 49ers added wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, tight end Jim Dray, cornerback Prince Charles Iworah and linebackers Carl Bradford and Wynton McManis to the team’s 53-man roster.

49ERS INACTIVES
QB Blaine Gabbert
RB Mike Davis
CB Dontae Johnson
C Marcus Martin
T Joe Staley
DL Glenn Dorsey
OLB Tank Carradine

RAMS INACTIVES
WR Michael Thomas
QB Case Keenum
DB Lamarcus Joyner
S Maurice Alexander
G Cody Wichman
T Greg Robinson
DE Matt Longacre

49ers inactives: Ponder replaces Gabbert as backup QB

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49ers inactives: Ponder replaces Gabbert as backup QB

ATLANTA – Christian Ponder will suit up for his first game of the season on Sunday when the 49ers face the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome.

Coach Chip Kelly made the move to promote Ponder into the backup position ahead of Blaine Gabbert and behind 49ers starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Ponder beat out rookie Jeff Driskel for a roster spot with a solid exhibition season after signing with the 49ers on Aug. 16 to replace injured veteran Thad Lewis. Ponder has not appeared in an NFL game since 2014 with the Minnesota Vikings. He completed 22 of 44 passes for 222 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Gabbert started the first five games of the season before getting benched. Gabbert completed 91 of 160 pass attempts (56.9 percent) for 925 yards with five touchdowns, six interceptions and a passer rating of 68.4. The 49ers were 1-4 in Gabbert's starts. The team's lone victory was a 28-0 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 1 at Levi's Stadium.

Ponder, originally the No. 12 overall pick of the Vikings in 2011, appeared in 38 games with Minnesota, including 36 starts.

In his career, he has completed 59.8 percent of his attempts with 6,658 yards, 38 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

Inside linebacker Gerald Hodges, who started the past seven games, will not suit up. There was no immediate word on what prompted the demotion. Michael Wilhoite will start in place of Hodges, leaving the 49ers with only two inside linebackers. Nick Bellore will start alongside Wilhoite.

The 49ers announced rookie wide receiver Aaron Burbridge will start in place of Torrey Smith, who did not make the trip to Atlanta due to a concussion. Chris Harper and Rod Streater are also expected to see significant playing time, alongside starter Quinton Patton and slot receiver Jeremy Kerley.

Left tackle Joe Staley was also announced as an inactive player due to a hamstring strain.

There will be just two 49ers starters in uniform from the team’s last trip to Atlanta for the NFC Championship game in January 2013: quarterback Colin Kaepernick and outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks.

Only three of the 49ers’ backups from the Super Bowl season are still around: tight end Garrett Celek, cornerback Tramaine Brock and linebacker Michael Wilhoite.

49ERS INACTIVES
QB Blaine Gabbert
RB Mike Davis
OL Josh Allen
LB Gerald Hodges
T Joe Staley
WR Torrey Smith
DL Tony Jerod-Eddie

FALCONS INACTIVES
WR Julio Jones
WR Nick Williams
DB Robenson Therezie
DB Jalen Collins
OL Wes Schweitzer
TE J.D. McKissic
DE Adrian Clayborn