August 8, 2019 / 1:33 AM / a month ago

NFL notebook: Kaepernick says he's 'still ready'

Colin Kaepernick last played in Week 17 of the 2016 season, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is not ready to give up on an NFL career.

FILE PHOTO: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick prepares to take the field before an NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, U.S. October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/File Photo

In a post from his Twitter account on Wednesday, Kaepernick wrote: “5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready.”

Kaepernick, 31, shared a corresponding video in which he says he’s been “denied” work for 889 days. He shows off a football-ready physique and appears to be closer to his playing weight — listed by the 49ers at 230 pounds — than he was in the middle of last season.

Kaepernick reached an undisclosed settlement with the NFL after filing a lawsuit alleging collusion by teams to keep him out of the league because of his activism, including kneeling during the national anthem before games while playing with the 49ers.

—49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa left practice with a right ankle injury and will have an MRI, according to multiple reports.

Team trainers examined Bosa’s lower right leg after the No. 2 overall pick was slow to get up following a running play. He walked off under his own power and returned to the locker room. Without providing specifics, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh told reporters he didn’t think the injury was serious.

Also reportedly having an MRI on his ankle is cornerback Jason Verrett, who joined the team on a one-year, $3.6 million deal in March but has missed 27 games over the last two seasons due to knee and Achilles injuries.

—NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is reviewing suspended New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon’s application for reinstatement, according to multiple reports.

Goodell is sole authority on matters of reinstatement when it comes to players who were banned for substance abuse violations. He previously suspended Gordon on Dec. 20 for violating terms of his reinstatement agreement.

Gordon, who signed his restricted free agent tender in April, would be set to earn a base salary of $2.025 million for the 2019 season.

—Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will not play in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Detroit Lions, the Boston Herald reported.

Brady has not played in the preseason opener in any of the last three seasons.

—New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell will not play in Thursday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants, according to multiple reports.

According to the New York Post, Bell will still warm up with the team after asking head coach Adam Gase if he could do so. Bell has not played in a game since Christmas Day 2017 after sitting out all of 2018 with Pittsburgh.

—Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden was carted off the practice field but reportedly did not suffer a major injury.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that Haden had a “minor ankle injury.”

Haden’s status will be updated by the team after Friday’s preseason opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game he was never expected to play in.

—Dallas Cowboys defensive end Robert Quinn will undergo surgery for a fractured hand after suffering the injury in Monday’s practice.

NFL Network reported the 29-year-old Quinn would have a procedure that still allows for his Week 1 availability. The Cowboys play the New York Giants on Sept. 8.

DeMarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys’ other starting defensive end, is recovering from shoulder surgery.

—Seattle Seahawks tight end Ed Dickson had knee surgery and will likely miss the preseason, head coach Pete Carroll said.

“We’re hoping it’s a four- to five-week deal,” Carroll said.

Dickson, 32, caught 12 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games last season, his first with Seattle.

—Geno Smith will start in place of Russell Wilson for the Seahawks on Thursday before dealing with an undisclosed injury issue, Carroll said.

The Seahawks open the preseason against the Denver Broncos and plan to hold Wilson out of the game entirely. Former Bronco Paxton Lynch is also expected to play extensively.

—Houston Texans backup quarterback A.J. McCarron could miss the preseason with a hand injury suffered in practice Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reported.

McCarron, signed by Houston in March to back up Deshaun Watson, appeared to hurt his right thumb on his follow-through during a joint practice with Green Bay and left the field in pain.

—The New Orleans Saints signed tight end A.J. Derby and waived offensive lineman Nate Wozniak.

Derby, 27, has 40 catches for 452 yards and three touchdowns across three seasons with three different teams.

—Cincinnati Bengals running back Rodney Anderson was activated from the non-football injury list.

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The sixth-round rookie from Oklahoma is recovering from tearing his right ACL last September.

—The Chicago Bears will unveil statues of Hall of Famers Walter Payton and George Halas at Soldier Field on Sept. 3, two days before kicking off their centennial season.

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