On Wednesday, Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Denver Broncos in a game that was expected to be one of the biggest matchups of the year.
But the team’s front office did not tell fans about the planned meeting until days before the game.
The 49ers reportedly called Kaepernick’s agent on Wednesday to ask him to take his client off the field before the first quarter.
“We asked him to make a statement,” 49ers spokesperson Jeff Reed said.
“He said he could not.”
The team didn’t explain why the team was not informed.
In an interview with ESPN, 49ers owner Jed York said that Kaepernick was not allowed to meet with his agent and that the team did not give him a full explanation of the meeting.
“I don’t think anybody at the organization was aware of what was going on,” York said.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that 49ers officials told Kaepernick he could meet with them privately and that he was not expected to appear on the field during the game, but the team would not tell the media until the game was over.
It’s unclear how Kaepernick would react if he were to be removed from the field.
The NFL has been criticized for failing to enforce the league’s concussion protocol for years, and it has also been a frequent target for players to make fun of and demean the league.
Last season, San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said Kaepernick’s play on the sideline in the NFC Championship Game “was a disgrace.”
“I have to ask why we didn’t notice him more, why we kept him off the football field?,” Shanahan said in October.
“That was his decision, that’s what he was.
He made his decision.
I can’t tell you that he didn’t make his decision when he took the knee.
We have no control over that.”
Kaepernick did not participate in the NFLPA’s concussion survey, which the league conducted after the 2014 season.
He said he had a “frequent” concussion in 2016 and that it had been a problem for several years.
Kaepernick did not disclose his symptoms or the nature of his injuries in an interview last year with ESPN.
Kaepernick’s future with the team is unclear.
It’s unclear if he will be a free agent next offseason, but his contract does not expire until 2020.
The 49ers can offer him a contract for a minimum of $14 million, but he would have to agree to an extension.
Kaepernick has also reportedly been in talks with the New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns about a new contract.
Kris Bryant, the former 49ers wide receiver who is now with the Denver Nuggets, said he has spoken with Kaepernick and that “there is no way he’s going anywhere.”