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Colin Kaepernick firmly remains an option for the Baltimore Ravens, owner Steve Bisciotti and team president Dick Cass said Sunday.

But as Baltimore ponders adding another quarterback as Joe Flacco remains sidelined by a back ailment, the Ravens are weighing what the fallout might be to signing Kaepernick, who gained widespread attention last year for his decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

“We’ve very sensitive to it and we’re monitoring it, and we’re still, as (general manager) Ozzie (Newsome) said, scrimmaging it,” Bisciotti said at a fan forum event Sunday when asked if signing Kaepernick would hurt the team’s brand, according to the Ravens’ website. “So pray for us.”

Bisciotti said he had consulted with current and former Ravens players, including ex-linebacker Ray Lewis, about signing Kaepernick, with whom the team has had direct conversations. Cass later added that the team would also reach out to fans and sponsors about the potential move.

“I know that we’re going to upset some people, and I know that we’re going to make people happy that we stood up for somebody that has the right to do what he did,” Bisciotti said. “Non-violent protesting is something that we have all embraced.

“I don’t like the way he did it. Personally, I kind of liked it a lot when he went from sitting to kneeling. I don’t know, I’m Catholic, we spend a lot of time kneeling.”

Bisciotti added that he was not swayed that the move would improve the team in the short term.

“We do want to win games and I’m not sure right now that he is going to help us do that,” Bisciotti said.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh first acknowledged the team was exploring the possibility of signing Kaepernick last Thursday when news first emerged that Flacco would be sidelined at least a week. The team subsequently signed David Olson of the Champions Indoor Football league, but the move did not close the door on adding another quarterback.

Former Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is also under consideration for a potential tryout, Bisciotti said. The former offensive rookie of the year worked out for the Los Angeles Chargers last week, but the team opted to trade for Cardale Jones as a likely backup to Philip Rivers. 

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