Tuesday's roundup: Kaepernick faces protest backlash

Associated Press

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he has received death threats through social media and other avenues since he began to protest during the national anthem last month.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick says he has received death threats over his protests during the national anthem.

Kaepernick said he has not alerted team security about the threats and understood that could happen once he began his protest over racial oppression and police brutality in the United States.

“To me, if something like that were going to happen, you’ve proved my point,” he said.

Extra points

Bills running back LeSean McCoy was sued over a Philadelphia nightclub brawl that left two off-duty police officers injured.

The civil suit claims McCoy beat and kicked one officer while he was on the ground and punched another officer in the eye. The suit was filed in Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and seeks money damages from McCoy, two other men and the nightclub.

McCoy’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, declined comment.

... Suspended Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory dropped an appeal on another substance-abuse violation and now faces a 10-game ban on top of the four games he will already miss.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show the NFL Players Association wouldn’t support Gregory’s appeal, making it pointless to pursue.

Jones said the labor agreement “boxed him out in having merit to his appeal.”

A 14-game suspension would make Gregory ineligible to play until Week 16 this season.

Personnel dept.

Coach John Fox said quarterback Jay Cutler sustained a sprained right thumb Monday night against the Eagles that does not appear to require surgery and would not rule him out for this weekend’s game against the Cowboys.

If he is not ready, former Michigan State quarterback Brian Hoyer will start.

“It’s hard for me to give timelines,” Fox said. “We’ll evaluate tomorrow. We’ve got practice tomorrow, we’re on a short week already. If Jay’s ready to do it, fine. If not, we’ll go with Brian Hoyer.”

The Bears lost to the Eagles.

... Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan is scheduled for surgery this morning on a sprained thumb. The Bears were awaiting the results of an MRI on linebacker Lamarr Houston, who suffered a left knee injury Fox said “appears to be significant.” Nose tackle Eddie Goldman (sprained ankle) left the field on a cart.

... Bill Belichick isn’t ready to rule out injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for Thursday’s game against the Texans.

Garoppolo was a limited participant in practice as he continues to recover from the right shoulder injury he sustained late the first half of New England’s victory over Miami last week .

The Patriots have yet to add another quarterback to the roster, increasing the possibility rookie Jacoby Brissett could make his first career start against Houston (2-0).

... Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware broke his right forearm last weekend when he smashed into Von Miller’s right knee while trying to corral Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Ware tweeted surgery on the ulna bone was a success and he’s expected to miss 4-5 weeks.

... The Chargers signed running back Dexter McCluster following Sunday's season-ending knee injury to running back Danny Woodhead.