NFL Notes: Colin Kaepernick, Cardinals, Chargers, Packers, & Steelers


Colin Kaepernick

  • Jason Cole of B/R reports the 49ers and QB Colin Kaepernick are close to finalizing a restructured contract that would void the final four years of his deal and any included injury guarantees. This would allow Kaepernick to play out the season and become an unrestricted free agent in 2017.
  • Tom Pelissero also reports that Kaepernick’s reworked contract is expected to add another $1 million in playing-time incentives for the remainder of this season.
  • Pelissero adds that his $125,000 per-game roster bonuses are expected to be converted into guaranteed money.


  • Cardinals HC Bruce Arians said G Evan Mathis is scheduled to undergo surgery on his ankle. (Mike Jurecki)
  • In regards to the possibility of coming off injured reserve, Arians said it is more likely for RB Chris Johnson (groin) or S Tyvon Branch (groin) would be activated over Mathis. (Darren Urban)
  • Arians also said he expects QB Carson Palmer and LB Kevin Minter to clear the league’s concussion protocol on Tuesday. (Kent Somers)


  • Jason Cole reports the Chargers will wait until after Thursday night’s Week 6 game to make a decision on whether they will make a head coaching change from Mike McCoy.
  • Cole adds that San Diego is considering all their options, but OC Ken Whisenhunt is expected to take over on an interim basis if McCoy is fired.


  • Packers HC Mike McCarthy said RB Eddie Lacy‘s ankle injury is “not serious” , but he isn’t sure about his availability for Week 6. (Packer Report)
  • McCarthy also mentioned that WR Randall Cobb is “sore” after taking a hard hit on Sunday, but does not think he will miss any time.
  • McCarthy said they have no plans to make a change at the at punter, despite Jake Schum’s struggles. (Rob Demovsky)


  • Field Yates reports the Steelers worked out Spanish rugby player Inaki Villanueva as a tight end.

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