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Texans’ Duane Brown on kneeling for anthem: Team felt sense of unity playing for each other

During the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, the majority of Houston Texans players kneeled and linked arms. Approximately 10 players stood.

Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and rookie running back D’Onta Foreman missed Friday’s practice as a response to McNair’s controversial comments, which were reported in an ESPN The Magazine story on Friday morning.

“It took some time,” Shanahan said. “It was more than I have had to deal with. There were a lot of guys to go through and not all of it is just clear-cut answers either so you’ve got to talk and understand it as well as I possibly can.

“We understand the challenge of this game. We’re going to play a good team on the road, with a very sound and aggressive defense, and an offense that can score a lot of points with some very good players. The guys know what we have in front of us.”

Frost and his wife are expecting the arrival of their first child at some point this week. Frost has said that if the baby is born on Friday or Saturday, he will not travel with the team to Dallas. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander will coach the team, if Frost is unavailable.

“I’m 42 years old, so I’m going to be an old dad, but I’m blessed that it’s coming,” Frost told the Orlando Sentinel.

“We’ll see how it works out. I hope she’s smart enough as a coach’s wife not to have it happen Friday or Saturday so we can go try to get this win. But your first child being born is only going to happen to you once in your life and I definitely want to be there.”raiders_070-223x223

Eagles vs. Panthers live stream: How to watch ‘Thursday Night Football’ online

Coming off a home win last weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles hit the road in Week 6 to take on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Both teams sit at 4-1 on the season, and will be subjected to the Color Rush treatment on Thursday Night Football when they play at 8:25 p.m. ET on NFL Network/CBS (live stream).

Hundley played college football at UCLA, where he completed over 67 percent of his passes for 9,966 yards with 75 touchdowns against 25 picks. Depending on the severity of Rodgers’ injury, they’ll hope that Hundley can bring that same magic.

What does this mean for Rodgers? Rodgers came into the game completing nearly 67 percent of his passes, with 1,367 yards, 13 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Last week, Rodgers led one of his signature comeback drives against the Cowboys.

Since he became the Packers’ starting quarterback, he’s largely avoided any serious injuries. Except for the 2013 season, Rodgers has played in at least 15 games each season since 2008. In that 2013 season, he broke the same collarbone that he broke on Sunday.

Sunday’s total is set at 52 points. The OVER is 14-6 in the last 20 games between Green Bay and Dallas.

The Cowboys and the Packers entered the 2017 season as two of the favorites to win the NFC. Green Bay has looked the part of a contender thus far, while Dallas could use a win like this one to get its season on track.

The NFL agrees Elliott’s accuser lied to police: The NFL’s investigators interviewed witnesses about the fight outside The Social Room. They confirmed the friend’s statement, that Elliott’s alleged victim and the other woman did not punch each other.


Jokic’s playmaking presents a similar challenge.

The story is murkier when one of them rests, and Washington was famously a disaster when they sat together — even with Markieff Morris propping up reserve units. Scott Brooks could stagger his stars more, and the Wiz are confident they’ve beefed up their bench with Jodie Meeks, Mike Scott, Tim Frazier, and a full season of Ian Mahinmi. The jury is, umm, out on that one.

The Wizards lazed through most of the season — especially the end of it — on defense. They dialed it up a little in the playoffs, but they should be better. They have not accomplished enough to be entitled. To reach the next level — the level they are constantly yapping about — they have to develop good habits now.

They may also be due some good luck: Wiz opponents shot 41.8 percent on open 3s, the highest mark in the league.

Seven-footers simply aren’t supposed to thread needles and facilitate offense to the degree he does. Maybe you’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating: Since Jokic became the starting center in mid-December of last season, Denver — not Golden State — led the NBA in offensive efficiency.

The Warriors didn’t become “The Warriors” until Curry transformed into a transcendent talent, a metamorphosis that began to take shape in 2012-13, gained momentum in 2013-14 and became reality in 2014-15. He’s a bona fide superstar and a face of the NBA.

Jokic is three years younger and already ahead of where Curry was entering 2013-14.tigers_015-115x115

That’s the same attitude that Giants coach Ben McAdoo and his players are taking as they to search for that first win of 2017.

With Washington and Dallas at .500 and the Giants’ season upside down in a roadside ditch, Carson Wentz and the Eagles are 3-1 and leading the NFC East. And while, yes, they were 3-1 last season, too, on the way to 7-9, Wentz is showing more than was expected of him at this point in his career. Eagles coaches said in camp it takes three to four years for a quarterback to master the West Coast style offense they’re running. So there are still bumps ahead. But Wentz’s completion percentage is up over 60, his yards per attempt are at a respectable middle-of-the-pack 7.2, and his 62.9 Total QBR is seventh best in the league. The Eagles are confident they have their guy, and they’re excited that he’s helping them make some contender-style noise early in his second season.

I know the odds and the percentages and all that against an 0-4 team making a run and playing in January are super, super slim, but we’re not worried about that. We’re just trying to win a game right now and then hopefully we can get on a roll.

Lynn agreed.

There’s so much football left, he said. There are 12 games, 12 weeks left, and it’s way too early to mentally check out. If this was midway through the season or on the third quarter of the season, maybe some concern there, but not right now.

Like the Chargers, no Giants players have thrown in the towel on the season.

Nobody wants to sit there without a win and if you go back, we haven’t had a win. We lost the last five games — we have to include that Green Bay game, linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said.


Tony Romo called a Saints touchdown before it happened, just like last week

Tony Romo’s broadcasting career has gotten off to a booming start. After showing that he could see the future last week by calling many plays before they happened, he did it again early in Week 2.

Romo called for Brandon Coleman to get the ball for the Saints, and just as Romo predicted, that’s exactly what happened:

Most color analysts describe what happened on a play after it happens. But Romo is able to look at what both sides of the ball are doing, and what it’s going to mean. He also takes previous plays into account, thinking a few steps ahead of anybody else.

Romo still has work to do when it comes to sounding like a more traditional broadcaster, but the knowledge that he’s delivering more than makes up for it. He was built for this.

We already knew Prater had power — he kicked the longest NFL field goal ever in 2013 — but this was an impressive and hilarious reminder. He’s now 38-of-47 on kicks of 50-plus yards in his career, including 9-of-9 since the start of the 2016 season.

Lions 14, Giants 7: Eric Ebron caught just one touchdown pass last season, but he’s already reached that total this year after hooking up with Matthew Stafford for a 7-yard score Monday night. The tight end didn’t have a great Week 1 with just two catches for nine yards on three targets, but he’s already up to five catches for 42 yards and a TD against New York.

Lions 7, Giants 7: The two teams traded turnovers early in the second quarter. First, New York Jonathan Bullard Youth Jersey stopped a Lions’ drive in its tracks when Jason Pierre-Paul knocked the ball from Matthew Stafford before he could throw it and the defense recovered it. New York gave it right back, however, with Authentic Will Blackmon Jersey an incredible interception by linebacker Tahir Whitehead off a tipped pass on the very next play.

Schakowsky thinks he’s full of shit.

Siding with Trump puts anyone at odds with Schakowsky, especially when it comes to player health and safety. In October, Trump described concussions as “a little ding on the head.” In March 2013, he said the sport was ending because the NFL discontinued using a helmet to initiate contact. Last year in Nevada, he said football has become soft like how America has for the increased safety measures.

To put it lightly, Schakowsky thinks he’s full of shit.

“This is a man where winning and being on top is everything. So, a ‘little ding on the head’ a lifelong disability, a shortened life? Go for it. Be tough. Be a winner. Don’t be a loser. Complaining must make you a loser,” she said, sarcastically. “That’s who he is. That’s what he does for everything. This absence of empathy, I think he has a disability in that sense, an inability to connect with people’s problems.”

At the time Schakowsky got Miller to connect football and CTE publicly, she just didn’t understand everything. She had never even seen the movie Concussion. But when she went back to her office in the Rayburn House Office Building, her name blared on SportsCenter and her email inbox was full of kudos from friends.

Believe it or not, he briefly played for the Jets at one point. Since then, he’s been attempting to build a basketball empire. With his three sons Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo, he’s gained national attention for Big Baller Brand. The Jets need a GM who is willing to take risks, and aim bigger than ever before. LaVar is not afraid to do that.

He had a successful career behind the mic as a rapper. He’s had a successful career acting. Clearly he’s capable at succeeding in whatever he does at a high level, so promote Reggie McKenzie and pass the sticks to Cube.

2017 NFL draft order: Rounds 4-7 scheduled for Saturday

This is the “lightning round” portion of the draft, when teams have less time to make their picks. In Rounds 4-6, they get five minutes per pick, and by the seventh round, it’s a four-minute time limit. In addition, nobody really cares about spoilers this late in the draft, so expect the draft tips to come in fast and furious on Twitter.

Even though this is the less prestigious part of the draft, there’s no shortage of talent available. Fifteen of the players on Dan Kadar’s top-100 list are still on the board, and it’s likely they’ll hear their names called pretty early on Saturday.

I’m high on Watson (as most college fans are), but this is a weak QB group overall. Dobbs in the first couple rounds would’ve been a big risk, though that goes for this entire group.

He was projected as late as the sixth round and went in the fourth, but I’m not smart enough to see a two-round gap between him and, say, Kizer. Some of the most athletic pass catchers available in 2017 aren’t wideouts — they’re tight ends. Alabama’s O.J. Howard is expected to be the first end off the board after running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at 6’6 and 250 pounds. Miami’s David Njoku and Ole Miss’s Evan Engram are two more big targets who can add a dynamic chain-moving threat in the middle of the field.

Small school standouts will have their chance to make a mark as well. Gerald Everett bounced from UAB to South Alabama after the former shuttered its football program. Barring disaster, he’ll be the first Jaguar to ever hear his name called at the draft. Ashland’s Adam Shaheen and Toledo’s Michael Roberts are also players with big potential.yankees_1541-115x115

5-star recruit Kevin Knox turned down $1.4 million to play in college instead of overseas

Kevin Knox was offered $1.4 million by a professional basketball team in China to go pro as soon as he graduates from high school, according to an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. He turned it down without much thought.

Wait, what?

This offer was made knowing that Knox would only be around for a season before going to the NBA, like Brandon Jennings and Emmanuel Mudiay before him. The $1.4 million offered is a lot of money to make in one year for anyone, but especially coming out of high school. However, bypassing college was never really on the table for Knox.

“Few men have contributed as much to the National Football League as Dan Rooney,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was one of the finest men in the history of our game and it was a privilege to work alongside him for so many years. Dan’s dedication to the game, to the player and coaches, to his beloved Pittsburgh, and to Steelers everywhere was unparalleled.

“He was a role model and trusted colleague to commissioners since Bert Bell, countless NFL owners, and so many others in and out of the NFL. A voice of reason on a wide range of topics, including diversity and labor relations, Dan always had the league’s best interests at heart. For my part, Dan’s friendship and counsel were both inspiring and irreplaceable.”

In addition to his contributions to football, Rooney also served as the United States Ambassador to Ireland under President Barack Obama from 2009 until 2012.

Gonzaga was the better team for much of Monday night.

The Heels nearly blew a big lead to Arkansas in the second round, and Williams was quick to note they were lucky to survive. The Elite Eight game against Kentucky came down to a wild final sequence, with Williams electing to let his team attack the Wildcats rather than call a timeout after Malik Monk’s incredible three-pointer tied the game with nine seconds left. Maye ended it at the buzzer.

The win over Oregon on Saturday was just as dramatic. UNC missed four straight free throws late, but grabbed consecutive offensive rebounds to seal the victory as Ducks center Jordan Bell broke down in tears.

Gonzaga was the better team for much of Monday night. If freshman star Zach Collins didn’t get called for a questionable fourth foul early in the second half, it might be a different story. Same goes for the non-call on Meeks with his hand out of bounds for that key loose ball with under one minute remaining.

Football is fun because of how unpredictable it is. It’s equally scary for that same reason. The Chiefs are 9-1, the Texans and Falcons are 2-8. There’s a reason to tune in at the beginning of the season for every fan and also reasons for every fan to be fearful that they’ll need to turn away.

Even knowing how unpredictable the season can be, the list of players to play quarterback in the NFL this year is rather unbelievable.

Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien have made starts for the Green Bay Packers. Matt Flynn might make a start for them soon as well, which would be his second team to start for this year and this third team overall.

The 2017 NFL Draft will sort it self out

The point is that, when it comes to the NFL Draft, you have just as good a chance of getting the next Aaron Rodgers (taken #24 overall) or the next Dan Marino (taken #27 overall) as you do of getting the next JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, or Brady Quinn. If the Vikings are dead-set on taking a quarterback in the first round this year, their odds of getting a good one are basically the same with the first or second pick as they are with the fifth pick or the seventh pick or the tenth pick or wherever else they end up selecting. Their chance of selecting a complete flop with any of those picks? Just as good. I certainly hope that, if a new quarterback does come in here next season, that they’ll be under the tutelage of someone not named Bill Musgrave, but that’s a separate topic.

But for all of you folks that think the Minnesota Vikings are going to “tank,” I really hope that this evening was a rather rude awakening for you. The Minnesota Vikings got a victory tonight that they weren’t expected to get, and it was freaking awesome. And do you know why it was freaking awesome? Because a Minnesota Vikings win is better than a Minnesota Vikings loss. Every. Damn. Time. And they got that win because, even when it looked like they were on the verge of getting blown out and fielding a roster that only had 44 healthy players (as opposed to the usual complement of 46), they pulled it together and beat a team that still has. . .or, at least, had. . .post-season aspirations. I’m happy with that. Lots of Vikings fans are happy with that. If you’re not. . .well, that’s a you problem, not a me problem.

The 2017 NFL Draft will sort it self out. . .for now, there are only seven games remaining in the 2017 Minnesota Vikings season, and I’m going to be over here hoping that my favorite team spends them winning rather than losing.