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NFL roundup: Kaepernick speaks about Miami incident

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick spoke publicly for the first time about what police called a "suspicious incident" involving a woman at a Miami apartment the night of April 1.

After Kaepernick and two other players were named in the police report, Kaepernick denied any wrongdoing through a series of tweets.

Kaepernick spoke about the incident Friday in front of 900 people at the Turlock (Calif.) Mayor's Prayer Breakfast.

"It's been put out that I did something wrong," he said, according to the Modesto Bee. "Even though it's a bad circumstance, a bad situation, I feel like ultimately I've been blessed because it's changed my way of thinking. It's made me stronger. It's made me look at things differently."

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and 49ers receiver Quinton Patton were also named in the report, in which a woman ended up in a hospital the morning of April 2. Lockette had called 911 twice when the woman refused to leave his apartment, while hanging out with Kaepernick and Patton.

---The Minnesota Vikings did not exercise a fifth-year option on quarterback Christian Ponder, according to reports.

Ponder, who is entering his fourth season, said earlier this week that the team will probably go with Matt Cassel as the starter. It is unlikely the team would pay a backup the $9.68 million option for 2015 is worth.

In three NFL seasons, Ponder has 38 touchdowns and 34 interceptions while completing 60 percent of his passes over 35 starts.

---Former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly delivered an update of his cancer treatment on his Facebook account.

Kelly thanked fans for their support in a 15-second video that was posted by his wife, Jill.

"Hello everyone. I'm just getting ready to go to my 19th treatment for radiation and I've already had two bouts of chemo. Keep those prayers coming, I sure need them. Without you I wouldn't be able to get through this. God bless you. Look forward to the Bills' draft on May 8th," he said.

Jill Kelly said he was "halfway done" with his cancer treatment.

The Hall of Famer was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in June 2013. After surgery that declared him cancer-free, a follow-up in March showed the cancer had returned.
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