The Houston Texans’ head coach says that the team has discussed adding National Football League (NFL) free agent Colin Kaepernick to its roster.
“We talk about the roster and what’s out there every day,” Rick [Smith] and I,” Bill O’Brien said Monday, referencing the Texans’ general manager.
“Oh yeah, I mean everybody gets discussed,” he added when asked if Kaepernick had been specifically discussed, according to ESPN.
O’Brien declined to answer, however, whether the Texans’ ownership would sign Kaepernick if he wanted to the controversial quarterback.
“[He’s] a good football player,” he said of Kaepernick. “I’ve studied him from when he was coming out of college.”
“When we scrimmaged against them and then obviously when he was in professional football when we scrimmaged against them last year when we went out to San [Francisco],” O’Brien added.
“Again, these things are discussed basically daily, and it’s not just one guy. Colin Kaepernick’s a good football player [but he] hasn’t played football in a while. But these things are discussed daily and they’ll continue to be discussed.”
O’Brien noted that he expects quarterback Tom Savage to start during this Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Savage started in last Sunday’s 20-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, going 19-of-44 for 219 yards and one touchdown.
The Texans’ rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his ACL last week, leading the team to replace him with Savage.
Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last year while he played as a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.
The professional athlete began performing the move as a protest against America’s racial injustice.
President Trump in September called on the NFL to fire employees like Kaepernick who do the gesture.
Scores of NFL employees have since followed Kaepernick’s lead and emulated his demonstration, leading to fierce national debate over the topic.