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Report: Vernon Davis, Joe Staley squared off over Kaepernick

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Earlier this week, Matt Maiocco of reported that a players-only meeting took a negative turn over criticism of quarterback Colin Kaepernick. We now know who the key players in that players-only meeting were.

Maiocco confirms that tight end Vernon Davis called out Kaepernick and tackle Joe Staley took up for his quarterback. Per Maiocco, the “exchange became heated and may have even gotten physical.”

The three men reportedly “cleared the air” within days after the incident, and coach Jim Tomsula has downplayed any such internal exchange as being no different than an Italian dinner.

Based on whatever Tomsula has been eating, the need to “clear the air” at one of his dinners could be both figurative and literal.

The news comes at a time when Davis has been the subject of trade speculation. And it could be that whoever leaked the involvement of Davis in the fraςas is hoping that word of the discord will be enough to get another team to make the first call regarding a potential trade of a player who is in the last year of his contract with the team.