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John Lynch says anthem protests ‘divisive,’ respects players’ reasons

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While every member of the 49ers stood for the national anthem before the preseason opener last week, other players around the NFL continued the silent protest that originated in the San Francisco Bay Area a year ago. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and  Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the anthem before their respective preseason openers, and Bennett later confirmed he sat in protest.  On Wednesday, Niners general manager John Lynch was asked if he supports, tolerates or has concerns about the silent anthem protests. "We had a great deal the other day where we had four chairs up here, and there was Steve Young and Jerry Rice," Lynch

Vrabel a hit in 1st year in charge of Texans defense

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

''I'm not really trying to put my stamp on our defense,'' Vrabel said. Vrabel spent three seasons as Houston's linebackers coach before he was promoted to coordinator when Romeo Crennel became the assistant head coach. As the Texans prepare for their second preseason game Saturday night against the New England Patriots, coach Bill O'Brien has already been impressed with the work he's done in his new role.

49ers rookie LB Foster limited by injury to right shoulder

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Reuben Foster has a mild AC joint sprain in his surgically repaired right shoulder. Foster was held out of contact during practice Thursday with the Denver Broncos because of the injury. The team says the injury is not related to the torn rotator cuff that Foster had an operation on before the draft.

Vikings seek punting solution as Quigley, Symmank audition

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Ryan Quigley favored basketball growing up in South Carolina and rarely watched NFL games. Taylor Symmank once envisioned himself as a wide receiver and was solely a place kicker until arriving at college. Punting eventually became their primary athletic focus, their skill professional caliber.

Seahawks announce three-year extension for Justin Britt

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Seahawks and center Justin Britt were said to be closing in on a three-year extension on Thursday and they got the final steps out of the way before the day was out. The Seahawks announced the extension, which Adam Caplan of ESPN reports is worth $27 million and sets Britt up to make $13.25 million through the 2018 season. Britt was signed for a salary of just over $891,000 this season in the final year of the four-year rookie deal he signed in 2014.

Ten players you should make a priority in PPR fantasy drafts

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

San Francisco 49ers receiver Pierre Garcon should bring plenty of fantasy value in PPR leagues after being reunited with Kyle Shanahan. You know you love it – well not Andy Behrens. Whatever the strategy, it’s important to shuffle your draft board to account for scoring changes.

Josh Doctson looks good to go, new starters at LB and other practice notes

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson appears to be headed to doing something he hasn’t done since last September—taking snaps in a game. It’s a question of when, not if. The 2016 first-round pick left practice early on August 6 with a hamstring injury. While the injury wasn’t as serious as it was first feared, it still has kept him out of the Redskins’ preseason opener against the Ravens and out of practice until yesterday. Doctson has not appeared in a game for the Redskins since last September, when he played a total of 31 snaps in the team’s first two games before being shut down due to a lingering Achilles injury. As the team took the field at Redskins Park, Doctson came out in shoulder pads

Chuck Pagano: We have a long way to go

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The Colts had their final practice of training camp on Thursday, but not much will be changing for the team other than that they’ll no longer be staying in a hotel. The team didn’t go away for camp and coach Chuck Pagano said Thursday that they will remain “in camp mode” because they haven’t come together in the way that Pagano would like. Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star reports Pagano’s frustration with his club was “evident” while answering questions from the media and Pagano made it clear that they haven’t progressed as expected.

Olympic InstaCreep Sesh: Mark McMorris back on snow after life-threatening injury

Thursday, August 17th, 2017
Olympic InstaCreep Sesh: Mark McMorris back on snow after life-threatening injury

This week: Mark McMorris defies logic by being back on a snowboard just 5 months after rupturing his spleen, fracturing his jaw, collapsing a lung... the list goes on.

On the clock: Browns submit bid to host draft in 2019, 2020

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

The team announced Thursday that it has partnered with the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton and Greater Cleveland Sports Commission to potentially host the annual three-day draft, which has swelled into a made-for-TV spectacle and showcase for the league - a virtual football-palooza. The group delivered its application to league headquarters in New York last week, and as luck would have it, Commissioner Roger Goodell visited the team's headquarters on Thursday. ''I noticed that draft announcement on my way in,'' Goodell said as he sat next to Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam during a fan forum before the team's final training camp practice.