Last week, Colin Kaepernick wrote on Twitter: “5 am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready.” A 59-second video linked to the post showed Kaepernick working in a gym, lifting weights and doing push-ups. When the video ends, “Denied work for 889 days” appeared on the screen.

The video, which had been viewed more than 3.2 million times as of Wednesday evening, was a reminder that one of the N.F.L.’s biggest headaches had not gone away.

The issue resurfaced on Wednesday, when N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared at a news conference with Jay-Z, the music impresario and one of Kaepernick’s most public supporters in his struggle to return to the league. The quarterback, who helped the San Francisco 49ers reach the Super Bowl in the 2012 season, has been out of the N.F.L. since the 2016 season, when he began kneeling through the national anthem to protest police brutality against people of color.

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