Report: Colin Kaepernick Works Out 6 Days a Week Hoping to Make NFL Comeback

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2018

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Though Colin Kaepernick hasn't been on an NFL roster since 2016, he reportedly hasn't lost interest in playing.

According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is still training for a potential return.

"He continues to work out five hours per day, six days per week for one reason and one reason alone. He wants to play," Florio wrote.

This disputes the reporting of Mike Jones of USA Today, who tweeted Sunday people familiar with the quarterback "aren't even so sure he WANTS to play anymore."

The latest discussion surrounding Kaepernick comes after Washington Redskins starting quarterback Alex Smith suffered a season-ending injury Sunday. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, he broke both his tibia and fibula and will have surgery right away.

The team will reportedly bring in Mark Sanchez, T.J. Yates and EJ Manuel for workouts as potential backups for Colt McCoy, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Like Kaepernick, Sanchez also hasn't thrown a regular-season pass since the 2016 season.

On the field, the 31-year-old is an experienced player with 58 career starts who could potentially help the Redskins stay afloat despite the loss of their quarterback. However, Kaepernick became a controversial figure when he chose to kneel during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice.

He currently has an active collusion grievance against the NFL.

While some could debate his effectiveness on the field, there is no apparent lack of interest in returning.