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The fact that Colin Kaepernick isn’t in the NFL, despite so many quarterbacks with worse resumes being employed instead, does not add up for Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.

James firmly believes that Kaepernick, who holds a career passer rating of 88.9, is easily an NFL-caliber player that is being blackballed for his beliefs.

“I love football, but I’m not part of the NFL,” James told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “I don’t represent the NFL. I don’t know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that.

“Just watching, he’s an NFL player. He’s an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he’s been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that.”

Since opting out of his contract last March, a total of 42 quarterbacks have been signed while Kaepernick waits, according to a study by Martenzie Johnson of The Undefeated. Some of those accomplished luminaries include David Fales, Matt McGloin, and Brandon Weeden.

So why isn’t he in the league? James points out the obvious with Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and the systematic oppression of people of color in America.

“The only reason I could say he’s not on a team is because the way he took a knee. That’s the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night,” James said.

“I see all these quarterbacks – first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks – that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let’s just be honest.”

James, another socially conscious athlete who uses his platform to affect change, compared Kaepernick’s activism to the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali.

“I’ve commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him. Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn’t see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature,” James said.

“When it’s something that’s new and it’s something that people are not educated about or don’t understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you’re doing is wrong.

“For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he’s done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that.”

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Denver Broncos general manager John Elway attempted to take responsibility for calling his players “soft.”

Elway told reporters last week that the team had gone “soft” during their losing streak and called the Broncos out for the manner in which they were competing.

He attempted to clarify his remarks Tuesday after many players balked at the implication.

“I was talking about everybody in the organization … when you’ve had success sometimes you get soft,” Elway said on Orange and Blue 760.

“I knew before I said it that some guys were not going to like that.”

The Broncos began the season 3-1, but have since lost their last six games and slumped to the bottom of the AFC West. Denver fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Monday.

Researchers say former NFL linebacker Fred McNeill was the first living person identified with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

A case study was published this week and Dr. Bennet Omalu, credited with discovering the disease in football players, confirmed to CNN’s Nadia Kounang that the unnamed subject in the report was McNeill, who died in 2015.

Only a brain exam after death can confirm the diagnosis of the degenerative brain disease. However, the presence of CTE was first discovered in 2012 through an experimental brain scan that revealed the presence of tau, a signature protein of CTE.

McNeill played for 12 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, from 1974-1985.

Former Pro Bowl wide receiver Terry Glenn died in a car accident Monday morning in Texas. He was 43 years old.

The Irving Police Department confirmed to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the accident occurred at 12:18 a.m. CT after Glenn’s vehicle struck a concrete barrier dividing a regular lane and an express lane and rolled over, causing Glenn to be ejected.

The cause of the accident is unknown.

Glenn’s 12-year NFL career began after being selected with the No. 7 overall pick in 1996 by the New England Patriots. The wideout would spend six seasons with the Pats from 1996-2001, followed by a lone season with the Green Bay Packers in 2002 before playing the last five years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-07.

“We were shocked and deeply saddened by today’s news that Terry Glenn died in an auto accident,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in a statement. “Terry was one of the most gifted receiver we have ever had.”

Along with being named to the Pro Bowl in 1999, Glenn was also a two-time AFC champion with the Patriots, and finished his career with 8,823 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns.

Prior to entering the NFL, Glenn became a star at Ohio State after joining the team as a walk-on in 1993, and was recognized with the 1995 Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s most outstanding wide receiver. He was also named a consensus All-American that same year.

It seems some owners across the NFL aren’t too pleased with Jerry Jones’ attempts to block a contract extension for commissioner Roger Goodell.

A group of six anonymous owners on the NFL compensation committee made a move to block interference from Jones in Goodell’s contract talks Monday by issuing a cease-and-desist warning to the Dallas Cowboys owner, according to Ken Belson of The New York Times.

Recently confirming the possibility of taking legal action against the league, Jones suggested that specifics of any Goodell extension should be reviewed by all owners rather than select members of a committee. If Jones does not comply with the warning, he could reportedly face a number of punishments from the league, including fines, suspensions, and having draft picks confiscated.

Despite Jones’ efforts, all indications from compensation committee chairman and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank are that Goodell’s extension is still very much in the works.

“The committee is continuing its work towards finalizing a contract extension with the commissioner,” Blank said Monday. “The negotiations are progressing and we will keep ownership apprised of the negotiations as they move forward. We do not intend to publicly comment on our discussions.”

Jones has adamantly stated that his actions are not as a result of Goodell’s decision to suspend Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, instead saying his reason is to make the contract talks more transparent, according to Belson.

If any penalties were to be imposed on Jones, it would be Goodell himself that would be required to administer the punishment.

Drew Brees is enjoying his 17th NFL season, while playing in the final year of his contract with the New Orleans Saints.

The 38-year-old has New Orleans in contention in the NFC this year, and he’s not looking to the future for now.

“I’ll handle 2018 when 2018 gets here, but right now I’m in the moment, I’m in 2017,” Brees said on XTRA 1360-AM, according to Nick Shook of NFL.com.

“We’re trying to get a little bit better each and every week. I feel like we’ve got a great opportunity ahead of us and I don’t plan on leaving New Orleans ever.”

Brees has accounted for a significant chunk of the Saints’ salary-cap dollars, but hasn’t had any discussions with the team about a contract moving forward. New Orleans doesn’t appear to have a succession plan in place, however.

“Hopefully, I know all of that stuff takes care of itself when it’s supposed to. I have not approached them about any contract. We just have a great understanding here,” Brees added. “Listen, we’re going to go through this season and we’ll revisit it in the offseason. Right now, I’m in the moment.”

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger added himself to the growing contingent of NFL players taking issue with Thursday Night Football.

“It’s miserable, it’s terrible, they need to get rid of this game I think,” Roethlisberger said during a radio appearance on a local Pittsburgh station, according to John Breech of CBS Sports. “Just play on Mondays and Sundays. It’s so tough on guys, you’re beat up, you’re banged up. It’s a very violent, physical game we play.”

Roethlisberger and the Steelers are set to face the Tennessee Titans in the Week 11 version of Thursday Night Football. Players from teams all over the league have been vocal about their disdain for the short weeks because of health concerns, with Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin going so far as to say the Thursday nighters should be “illegal.”

“You’ve got to let your body recover a little bit,” added Roethlisberger. “Even a week, you’re still not fully recovered by Sunday to Sunday, you’re still dealing with bumps and bruises and things just continue to build up throughout the season. When you go on such a short week, man, it’s just not good. I don’t know many players that like it. It’s a tough thing to do, but you know, you’ve got to do what the league says.”

Of the 32 teams in the league, 30 were scheduled to appear on Thursday Night Football game this season.