SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) While coach Jim Tomsula presented the 49ers' quarterback change this week as a chance for benched Colin Kaepernick to get a chance to ''breathe,'' Kaepernick insists he is still preparing as he would a usual week and will support starter Blaine Gabbert on Sunday against Atlanta.
After two straight games without a touchdown and three in five not finding the end zone for San Francisco (2-6), Kaepernick refuses to get into the notion he might be a ''scapegoat'' for a sinking team only three years after he led the Niners to a Super Bowl.
Gabbert will take the field Sunday against the Falcons without top running back Carlos Hyde, ruled out Friday with a stress fracture in his left foot after not practicing all week. Wideout Anquan Boldin was listed as doubtful with an injured hamstring.
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