Kaepernick stays ready
Quarterback working out, but none of the 32 NFL teams offer him an opportunity
representatives for quarterback Colin Kaepernick released a two-page statement on thursday “to address the false narratives” regarding their client and his efforts to join an NFL team.
the statement was prefaced by an introduction reading, “there have been many false narratives in the media regarding colin, we believe it is important to set the record straight, again. Nothing below is up for interpretation or debate, it’s the truth and nothing else.”
among the details, the statement said no team has offered Kaepernick a job or brought him in for a workout since the 2016 season. it noted that the Seattle Seahawks brought Kaepernick in for a visit, but did not work him out, and that no other team has interviewed or visited with the quarterback “despite other false statements in the media to the contrary.”
Kaepernick’s representatives said their client has been working out five days a week for three years and has not demanded a specific salary. they said they have reached out to all 32 teams “with little to no response from teams about an opportunity.”
“in 25 years, i have never seen anything like it,” the statement added.
Kaepernick, 31, opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers after the 2016 season — during which he began kneeling during the playing of the U.S. national anthem in protest of racial injustice — and has not played since.
Christian Mccaffrey sat out Wednesday’s practice with a back injury, but carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera expects the Pro bowl running back to be on the field Sunday in London for an NFC South matchup with the tampa bay buccaneers.
Mccaffrey injured his back somersaulting into the end zone last week and was on the sideline Wednesday as much for rest and recovery as injury.
rivera said thursday that Mccaffrey participated fully in practice and will be without limitation the rest of the week.
Los angeles rams running back Todd Gurley missed his second straight practice thursday due to a left thigh contusion, putting his status in question for the Sunday game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Gurley met reporters after practice and said the injury happened during last thursday’s loss in Seattle, but he didn’t realize it was a significant issue until afterward.
“you feel something during the game, and i guess the adrenaline ...” Gurley said. “it just kept lingering on. but it’s been getting a lot better since the day after the game, so there’s always positive ways to look at things.”
ADAMS FINE RESCINDED
the NFL rescinded the fine levied to New york Jets safety Jamal Adams for his hit on cleveland browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in Week 2, multiple media outlets reported thursday.
adams was fined $21,056 and appealed. He was flagged with a late hit on Mayfield in the Jets’ 23-3 loss to the browns on Sept. 16.
LANDRY: GIVE OBJ THE BALL
With the cleveland browns coming off an ugly loss that dropped their record below .500, irritation spilled out in the players’ comments thursday — particularly regarding the amount of touches star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. is receiving.
beckham had two catches for 27 yards Monday in cleveland’s 31-3 loss at San Francisco, after he finished with just two receptions for 20 yards the prior week in the browns’ 40-25 win at baltimore. beckham was targeted seven times in the ravens game and six times in the 49ers game.
“i’m not calling plays or designing anything,” fellow wideout and college teammate Jarvis Landry said thursday, according to the (cleveland) Plain Dealer. “but at the end of the day, obviously he’s a key part of our offence whether the ball’s in his hands or not. the way that it’s been going, we haven’t really been making enough plays without him touching the ball.
“So we’ve definitely got to find a way to include him even more in the offence and be intentional with it.”
QB HODGES GETS READY
Undrafted rookie Devlin Hodges took snaps with the first-team offence for the second straight day on thursday and looks on track to be the starting quarterback when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the Los angeles chargers.
Mason Rudolph is still
feeling the effects of a concussion he suffered against the baltimore ravens last Sunday. rudolph worked with the scout team on thursday.
Hodges replaced rudolph against the ravens and completed seven of nine passes for 68 yards, efficiency that impressed offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner.
“He has the foundation, he’s been with us the whole time,” Fichtner said about Hodges.
there hasn’t been a decision on whether Hodges will make his first NFL start, but Fichtner said he has routinely been impressed by Hodges.
BENGALS KEEPING GREEN
Shortly after cincinnati bengals wideout A.J. Green returned to the practice field for the first time since a July injury, head coach Zac Taylor was definitive that the seven-time Pro bowler won’t be moved at the Oct. 29 trade deadline.
“i’ve heard the speculation,” taylor said thursday. “We are not trading that guy.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass against the New York Giants last night in Foxborough, Mass.