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NFL Notes: Colin Kaepernick, 49ers, Packers, Patriots

Colin Kaepernick

On Thursday, 49ers owner Jed York told reporters that while it’s difficult for him to say free agent QB Colin Kaepernick is being treated fairly by the NFL, he doesn’t believe he’s being blackballed by NFL teams.

It’s very difficult for me to say that, with Colin being here for a long period of time. Obviously, there’s the lawsuit that’s going on, so it’s hard for me to get into any details or really share my opinion,” York said, via Pro Football Talk. “But I don’t believe that there’s base to that claim that he’s being blackballed.

Kaepernick has filed a grievance against NFL owners for collusion (NFLTR) and is reportedly hoping to trigger termination of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

49ers

  • 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday that  he’s “pretty confident” LB Reuben Foster will be available for Sunday’s game: “As long as there aren’t any setbacks here in the next 48 hours, I feel pretty confident.”
  • The 49ers have LB Ray-Ray Armstrong (shoulder), LB Brock Coyle (shoulder), LB Reuben Foster (ankle), and LB Dekoda Watson (groin) all listed as questionable.
  • San Francisco also ruled out FB Kyle Juszczyk (back) and DE Aaron Lynch (calf)

Packers

Vikings LB Anthony Barr told reporters on Friday that wasn’t trying to injury Packers QB Aaron Rodgers last weekend on the play in which Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone.

“By no means was I trying to injure or take out Aaron Rodgers,” Barr said, via Vikings.com.

“He’s one of the best players in this league. I’m not a dirty player … we don’t preach that around here,” Barr added.

It’s unfortunate, I hate to see anybody get hurt. I know how hard he works each week to prepare to be able to play. It’s a gift and a privilege to be able to play on the field each week, so I would never try and take that away from anybody, let alone one of the best players in our game,” Barr said. “I think it’s a dirty play in some people’s eye because of the injury. I think if he gets up, then we’re not having this conversation.”

For what it’s worth, Barr was not fined for the hit on Rodgers.

Patriots

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