Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams Saturday in a private workout arranged by the league to be held in Atlanta.
The exiled former Pro Bowl quarterback tweeted: “I'm just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I've been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”
A person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press the league's decision to invite all 32 teams “came out of the blue with no prior communication.” The person said Kaepernick's team was given a two-hour window to accept the invitation and was denied a request to schedule the tryout on a Tuesday or another Saturday.
Kaepernick hasn't played since 2016 with the San Francisco 49ers. He helped start a wave of protests about social and racial injustice that season by kneeling during the national anthem at games.
The NFL in February settled a collusion grievance Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid filed against the league. Reid now plays for the Carolina Panthers.
Lions' Stafford sits out practice
Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford did not practice a few days after hip and back injuries stopped his streak of 139 consecutive starts counting the playoffs.
Stafford watched Wednesday as quarterbacks Jeff Driskel and David Blough took snaps. Driskel started in place of Stafford in a 20-13 loss to Chicago, giving Detroit its fifth loss in six games. Driskel was 27 for 46 for 269 yards with a touchdown and an interception in his sixth career start.
The Lions (3-5-1) host the Cowboys (5-4) on Sunday.
Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson says Adam Gase's job is safe and he will remain the coach next season despite the team's struggles. Johnson held a brief meeting with reporters Wednesday and says Gase has his trust as well as the trust of general manager Joe Douglas. Johnson calls Gase “a good man, good coach,” and says he likes how Gase has maintained a positive dynamic in the facility despite the Jets facing lots of adversity and sitting at 2-7. ... A person familiar with the situation says Saints starting left guard Andrus Peat had surgery to repair a broken arm and is expected to be out about six weeks.