Sher­man says Kap snub does not Wash

Sport360 - - Nfl - By Staff Re­porter b @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

Wash­ing­ton head coach Jay Gru­den ruled out mak­ing a move for Colin Kaeper­nick on Tues­day as the team grap­pled with an in­jury cri­sis that has left their two first-choice quar­ter­backs out for the sea­son.

Kaeper­nick, who has been un­em­ployed since be­ing re­leased by the San Fran­cisco 49ers in 2017, claims he is be­ing pun­ished by the NFL for his “take a knee” protests dur­ing the na­tional an­them to raise aware­ness over racial in­jus­tice.

The 31-year-old has said he hopes to re­turn to the NFL de­spite be­ing re­peat­edly over­looked by teams.

Kaeper­nick was linked to Wash­ing­ton af­ter a sea­son-end­ing in­jury to quar­ter­back Colt McCoy dur­ing Wash­ing­ton’s de­feat by Philadel­phia. They had al­ready lost starter Alex Smith with a sea­son-end­ing in­jury, and fin­ished the game against the Ea­gles with jour­ney­man sig­nal-caller Mark Sanchez at quar­ter­back.

Gru­den said that while Kaeper­nick’s avail­abil­ity had been dis­cussed by team of­fi­cials, no move would be made for him. “He’s been dis­cussed for sure,” Gru­den said. “It’s just go­ing to be a mat­ter of which way you want to go.”

“He’s been talked about, but we’ll prob­a­bly go in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.”

Gru­den in­sisted it was purely a sport­ing de­ci­sion, and not a re­flec­tion on Kaeper­nick’s so­cial ac­tivism. “Just foot­ball, strictly foot­ball,” Gru­den said.

Gru­den’s ex­pla­na­tion was greeted with scep­ti­cism by Kaeper­nick’s at­tor­ney Mark Ger­a­gos how­ever.

“Isn’t it ob­vi­ous what’s hap­pen­ing?” Ger­a­gos told the Wash­ing­ton Post.

Richard Sher­man, cor­ner­back for the 49ers, was sim­i­larly crit­i­cal, telling NBC’s PFTPM pod­cast that Kaeper­nick, who led the 49ers to the brink of a Su­per Bowl vic­tory in 2013 only to suf­fer a 34-31 de­feat to the Bal­ti­more Ravens, was more de­serv­ing of an NFL ros­ter spot than McCoy or Sanchez.

“They’ve had up and down years and Colin has played at a higher level than I would say any of those guys ever per­formed at the peak of their ca­reers,” Sher­man said.

“You start to see stuff like that and it’s al­most like teams are pur­pose­fully mak­ing it ob­vi­ous that, like, they’re keep­ing him out.”

Wash­ing their hands: Kaeper­nick.

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