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An arbitrator this week rejected an National Football League motion to dismiss Kaepernick's grievance. That hearing is expected to take place this year.

The NFL had requested summary judgment by Burbank, which amounted to a request for him to dismiss the case.

Kaepernick's lawyer Mark Geragos tweeted a picture Thursday of a ruling by arbitrator Stephen B. Burbank. Both he and Reid remain free agents.

The Times says, "A hearing could begin by the end of the year, though the two sides could settle the case before then".

A similar grievance is still pending by unsigned safety Eric Reid, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco and joined in the protests. 49ers GM John Lynch admitted that the club would've cut Kaepernick had he not voided his contract. Kaepernick is seeking damages equal to what he would have earned if he were still playing in the league.

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The case hinges on whether owners worked together rather than decided individually to not sign Kaepernick. The league has tried to stop players from kneeling during the anthem, but those moves have only increased player resolve. The league put a modified anthem policy ratified by the owners in May on hold as part of an agreement struck with the union in July.

Kaepernick has been one of the most prominent leaders in NFL player protests against racial injustice during the US national anthem.

The protests, which came amid a rash of police killings of unarmed black men, did not sit well with many fans and attracted the high-profile anger of President Trump.

The CBA says that the federal rules of evidence apply to a collusion hearing and that the "complaining party shall bear the burden of demonstrating by a clear preponderance of the evidence that (1) the challenged conduct was or is in violation of Section 1 of this Article and (2) caused any economic injury to such player (s)".

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