The Playmaker was not having it.

After Dak Prescott went down for what might be 6-8 weeks with an injury to his throwing thumb, the “First Take” crew was bouncing around ideas on what Dallas should do in the interim. Tyler Huntley was broached, but no one ultimately thought that the Ravens would part with him with Lamar Jackson unsigned. Stephen A. Smith brought up Colin Kaepernick, and Michael Irvin shot the idea down.

“It will never happen, in my opinion, but might want to make that call to Colin Kaepernick,” Smith said on ESPN. “Might want to find out — now he ain’t been around, but he’s a playmaker with his legs, who’s available. Now, I don’t think it will happen because this is the state of Texas, and the patriotic individuals that they pride themselves on being, since the whole Kaepernick narrative was hijacked. Jerry Jones is not gonna let it get in the way of business. But I would think about it — I would say that.”

Irvin ended the discussion then and there.

“Before everybody grabs this and tries to run with it, let’s stop with this Colin Kaepernick stuff,” Irvin said. “Let’s just stop. Colin Kaepernick’s been out of football for five years. Come on, let’s stop trying to resurrect Colin Kaepernick, and thinking he’s gonna come and resurrect a football team. I’ll take my chances with Cooper Rush. I saw Cooper Rush win a football game last year. That’s all I’m saying.”

Michael Irvin dismissed Stephen A. Smith's suggestion that the Cowboys call Colin Kaepernick.
Michael Irvin dismissed Stephen A. Smith’s suggestion that the Cowboys call Colin Kaepernick.
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Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, when he kneeled during the national anthem to protest social injustice while a member of the 49ers. Smith has said in the past that former President Donald Trump inflaming this story was revenge on NFL owners for not allowing him to buy the Bills.

In this particular circumstance with Irvin, Smith retreated.

Colin Kaepernick

“Five different people were in my ear this morning to bring up Colin Kaepernick, so I just thought I’d bring it up to football people,” Smith said. “I’ve been saying — he’s been gone for years now — but people wanted me to bring that up.”


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