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NFL team apologizes for leaving Colin Kaepernick out of online photo gallery

The San Francisco 49ers apologized for omitting Colin Kaepernick from a photo gallery of the team's previous games against the Green Bay Packers. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers apologized for not including photos of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick in a photo gallery of the team's history against the Green Bay Packers, according to ESPN.

Kaepernick, who played for the 49ers from 2011 through 2016, had several memorable performances against the Packers in his career.

"Unfortunately there were a handful of obvious misses in this gallery posted by our website team and we appreciate them being brought to our attention," a statement from the team read. "The 49ers organization has tremendous respect and gratitude for the contributions Colin made to our team over the years."

What happened?

The San Francisco 49ers are scheduled to play the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. As a part of the team website's lead-up to that game, they compiled dozens of photos from previous matchups against the Packers.

Website visitors quickly noticed that Kaepernick was not included in any photos. The former quarterback had been shown in photo galleries posted last year. This gallery of 49ers vs. Packers games was the first one the team posted this season.

In 2013 and 2014, Kaepernick was particularly successful in his games against the Packers. He threw for 413 yards in the 2013 season opener, and later ran for a record-setting 181 yards en route to a playoff win against Green Bay.

In 2014, Kaepernick orchestrated a game-winning drive in another playoff victory against the Packers.

"We have fond memories of those games and that should have been displayed on our website," the 49ers statement said, according to ESPN. "This oversight does not properly reflect the appreciation our ownership and this team have for Colin."

Photos of Kaepernick have since been added to the gallery.

No bad blood over kneeling

There is no reason to believe the initial lack of Kaepernick photos had anything to do with the controversy surrounding the national anthem social justice protests that Kaepernick originated.

The 49ers were on Kaepernick's side when he initially began kneeling, and even matched Kaepernick's $1 million in charitable donations to social justice programs.

Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract after the 2016 season, and has been out of the league since. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said last month that the team would not consider re-signing him, as he does not fit "with the style of offense that we wanted to go with."

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