Kaepernick supporters demonstrate at NFL offices

NEW YORK — Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks, showed their solidarity with him and his cause at a rally outside the headquarters of the National Football League on Wednesday. More than 1,000 people, many wearing jerseys bearing […]

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Steelers holdout Le’Veon Bell hints at Sept. 1 return in Tweet

PITTSBURGH — Steelers star Le’Veon Bell has suggested on Twitter that he will return to the team on Sept. 1, the day after Pittsburgh’s final preseason game. Bell hasn’t signed his franchise tender and has been holding out through training camp. Responding to a fan Tuesday night asking when he plans to end his holdout, […]

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Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer wins Browns starting QB job

BEREA, Ohio — DeShone Kizer has strong-armed his way into a starting job. The rookie quarterback will start Cleveland’s exhibition at Tampa Bay on Saturday, and unless he flops or gets hurt, Kizer will start the Browns’ Sept. 10 season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Coach Hue Jackson elected to go with Kizer, a second-round […]

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Abandoned as an infant, Steelers RB Terrell Watson makes a name for himself

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin calls undrafted free agent running back Terrell Watson “Nightmare,” a playful nod to Watson’s alma mater. Watson attended Division II Azusa Pacific, which became famous a generation ago for producing Christian Okoye, the former Kansas City Chiefs running back who became known as the “Nigerian Nightmare.” Watson plays a little bit […]

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Bills receivers challenged to adapt after Anquan Boldin retires

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Quarterback Tyrod Taylor understood there would be changes at the receiver position when he elected to return to Buffalo for a third season by restructuring his contract in March. Little did he anticipate how drastic the transformation would be following Anquan Boldin’s abrupt decision to retire Sunday, which came on the […]

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Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall being listed as day-to-day

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants apparently can breathe a little easier. Leading receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall seemingly avoided major injuries in a meaningless preseason game. Coach Ben McAdoo said Tuesday that the team’s wideouts are being listed as day to day after being hurt in the first half of […]

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With Carson Wentz at QB, 2017 isn’t too soon for Eagles to emerge

The shots kept on coming, one after another, and Carson Wentz absorbed them all with a smile. Four fans at the last practice of training camp had spotted the bright red jersey, and they swarmed to it with smartphones in hand. One after another, Wentz obliged them, stooping down to selfie height and mugging for […]

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Eagles’ running back rotation in flux after cutting Ryan Mathews

PHILADELPHIA — One week into the preseason and it’s still unknown how the Philadelphia Eagles will use their running backs. Will it be a rotation or will a lead back still emerge? “I think we’ve still got to work through that,” offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. Ryan Mathews led the team with 661 yards rushing […]

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Roger Goodell: Have to understand other side in anthem protests

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Asked about players who did not stand for the national anthem before preseason games, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that while the playing of the anthem is a special moment to him, “we also have to understand the other side.” Goodell made the comments at University of Phoenix Stadium during a […]

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New Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby impressing at practice

PHILADELPHIA — Ronald Darby needed little time to make a strong impression. The third-year cornerback acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles from the Buffalo Bills on Friday made a nifty interception during one-on-one drills Monday and knocked down another pass in the end zone a bit later. “He’s a tremendous athlete,” coach Doug Pederson said. Darby […]

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