New England Patriots

Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

By Matt McCarthy,

The NFL says 11 teams, including the New England Patriots, have plans to attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout on Saturday in Atlanta.

The league released a statement saying they expect more teams to commit to the session between now and the weekend. The Patriots, Cardinals, Falcons, Browns, Broncos, Lions, Dolphins, Giants, Jets, Buccaneers, and Redskins are the clubs that have already said they will send representatives to the event.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did not address the matter at his press conference on Wednesday, saying he wasn’t sure if the team would send anyone to watch Kaepernick. Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reported a few hours later that the Patriots would indeed be in attendance on Saturday.

Kaepernick has not played since 2017. He began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial inequality and police brutality, drawing the ire of many and strong support from others.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted Tuesday that he has been “ready for [the workout] for 3 years.”

Earlier this year, the NFL and Kaepernick came to a settlement on a lawsuit that alleged teams were colluding to keep Kaepernick out of the league. NFL reporter Mike Freeman said at the time the settlement was believed to be in the $60-$80 million range.

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