PHILADELPHIA -- Colin Kaepernick wants to play in the NFL, even if he has to compete to get on the field.

A person close to Kaepernick tells The Associated Press on Friday: "Colin has always been prepared to compete at the highest level and is in the best shape of his life."

Kaepernick released a video earlier this week saying: "5 a.m. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready."

The Philadelphia Eagles lost backup Nate Sudfeld to a broken left wrist suffered Thursday night, raising speculation the team would be in the market for an experienced quarterback. Sudfeld was scheduled for surgery, but coach Doug Pederson said it's not a season-ending injury and the team was content with No. 3 quarterback Cody Kessler and rookie Clayton Thorson.

The 31-year-old Kaepernick hasn't played since 2016. Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, helped start a wave of protests about social and racial injustice that season by kneeling during the national anthem at games.

He drew strong criticism from President Donald Trump. But Trump on Friday told reporters when asked if Kaepernick should play in the NFL: "Only If he's good enough. I know the owners, I know Bob Kraft. They will do anything they can to win games."

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