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Pete Carroll said Monday the Seattle Seahawks have not closed
the door on the possibility of adding Colin Kaepernick to their
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the upcoming NFL draft.

"We're still battling on all fronts, on all guys. We're still looking at guys
and evaluating. There are still free agents we're looking at and in that the
process just continues," Carroll said. "We've gone through the information
gathering and we have a pretty good feel for where we are. It's ongoing. We're
not done with that decision at all."

Reports surfaced earlier this month that Seattle pulled out of a planned
workout for Kaepernick, who has been without an NFL team since the end of the
2016 season. Seattle has been one of the few teams to show any interest in
Kaepernick following his protests during the national anthem in the 2016 season
with San Francisco.

Carroll said the reports of what happened with the intended workout were
"blown up."

"I think we've been working at this thing for some time now. I don't think
that was really as telling as it came across," Carroll said. "We're really aware
of him and he's a fine football player and there may be a place for him. We
don't know that yet."

Whether Seattle revisits Kaepernick may be answered during this week's draft
and if the Seahawks invest a draft pick in a quarterback for the first time
since selecting Russell Wilson in the 2012 draft. Seattle has signed backups
Stephen Morris and Austin Davis this offseason.

Carroll and general manager John Schneider also gave brief updates on
injuries to safety Kam Chancellor and defensive tackle Malik McDowell.

Chancellor suffered a neck injury midway through last season that put his
career in doubt. Schneider said Chancellor will have a "scan" in late June or
early July to determine his status going forward. It could be as much a contract
issue as anything else with Chancellor Womens
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million guaranteed before the start of last season.

Meanwhile, the status of McDowell remains murky. McDowell, Seattle's initial
draft pick in the second round of last year's draft, was injured in an ATV
accident last summer and has not taken part in any football-related activities
since. Carroll said the team has received no indication on McDowell's ability to
even rejoin the team at this point, let alone play football.

"There is a lot of stuff we can't get into. It's a really unfortunate
situation on both sides Mark
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The only diagnosis the team has provided regarding McDowell is that he
suffered a severe concussion and facial injuries in the ATV accident.

"We haven't had a good update in a long time," Carroll said.

Former Major
League Baseball all-star David Nilsson has been named manager of Team Australia
as it aims to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Baseball Australia said Wednesday that the former Milwaukee Brewers catcher
would lead the team in games at the 2019 Premier 12 tournament, which doubles as
the first chance for 2020 Olympic qualification. He could also manage Australia
at the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

Nilsson returned to the national team staff as an assistant coach for the
2018 Japan Series after winning three consecutive Australian Baseball League
titles with the Brisbane Bandits, who went 86-48 while winning ABL titles in
2016, 2017 and 2018.

The 48-year-old Nilsson says: ”It was really special to get back to
international competition Bo
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Regarded as Australia’s best-ever MLB player, Nilsson finished his MLB career
with a .284 batting average, 105 home runs and 470 runs batted in.

He created history in 1999 when he became the first Australian to be named an
MLB All-Star after finishing with a .309 batting average in 115 games for the
Brewers.

He remains the only position player ever named from Australia for an All-Star
Game. Grant Balfour, while with the Oakland A’s, was named as a replacement
pitcher for teammate Bartolo Colon in 2013 and is the only other player from
Down Under to appear in an All-Star Game.

Nilsson also played for Australia’s Olympic team in 2000 and 2004 Golden
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