Posts Tagged ‘NFL’

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.

Marshawn Lynch dodged questions about sitting for the national anthem like only he can

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Marshawn Lynch is notoriously tight-lipped in his conversations with the media, but there were many wondering if he’d speak about his decision to sit during the national anthem of his first preseason game with the Oakland Raiders. The answer was no. When asked about it Thursday, Lynch rambled about nothing in particular and gave no real answer about his motivations. The video is quiet, but he was first asked about the “elephant in the room.” “I think that elephant just left the room cause a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch said. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mouses or something? That motherfucker left, cousin.” Then he was asked if it’d matter to him if Raiders fans wearing his jersey

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.

Michael Bennett is hosting the family of Charleena Lyles at Seahawks camp

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Michael Bennett, the football star who decided he would protest the entire upcoming NFL season, hosted the family of Charleena Lyles Thursday at Seahawks training camp. Earlier this year, Lyles was killed by Seattle Police. Police got a report of a woman who called and described a burglary at a local home. When police arrived, they said, the woman brandished a knife. Two white officers said they saw it and shot her dead. Lyles had been several months pregnant and was struggling with mental-health issues. Officers knew this and discussed it before killing her. Her family explained in June that she was killed because she was black. “Why couldn’t they have tased her? They could have taken her down.

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.