Kaeper­nick stays ready

Quar­ter­back work­ing out, but none of the 32 NFL teams of­fer him an op­por­tu­nity

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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.

MCCAFFREY UP­DATE

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.

GUR­LEY HURT­ING

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.”

Getty images

Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady throws a pass against the New York Gi­ants last night in Foxborough, Mass.

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