The NFL technically didn’t hold an official vote on the anthem policy

If there was any news that didn’t help Kaepernick’s case this week, it may be that the NFL didn’t technically take a formal roll-call vote to pass the new policy. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called it a unanimousdecision among team owners, but at least two owners were reportedly ready to abstain from a vote.
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Kaepernick and Reid didn’t win their case this week, but the NFL’s new anthem policy and its immediate fallout helped them in many ways.

Thursday marked the first time that Flacco had spoken to the media since Baltimore traded up to draft Jackson 鈥?the former Heisman Trophy winner out of Louisville 鈥?with the 32nd overall pick.

I want to say I was surprised,Flacco said when asked about his reaction to the selection. Listen, when you pick a quarterback or pick anybody in the first round, it means something. I don’t know what it means, but it’s not my job to worry about what it means. It’s my job is to keep the same approach that I have the last 10 years and help us win football games.

The 33-year-old Flacco’s contract extends through the 2021 season, but there is no guaranteed money after this year.聽The coupling of Jackson’s selection with that聽potential out聽has sparked speculation that Baltimore could either release or trade the Super Bowl XLVII MVP next offseason.
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But Flacco said he hasn’t let himself focus on the future. His approach to the situation is simple.

Listen, we’re never promised anything besides basically the down that we’re playing in this league,he said. Like I said, you pick guys in the first round, and whenever you pick guys, you pick them for a reason. I don’t know what the plan is. I’m worried about right now聽鈥斅爂etting these guys ready to win football games.

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Flacco chuckled and reiterated that he is happy to help any teammate, whether it’s Jackson or fellow newcomer Robert Griffin III.

Jose Bautista scores Mets’ lone run as part of one of ‘wildest days’

In his first at-bat with the Mets, Jose Bautista smacks a double down the left-field line in the second inning. (0:32)

Jose Bautista was sitting on his couch at home in Florida when the call came Tuesday afternoon. He had a new job, with the New York Mets.

Gohara has given up just one run and two hits in seven innings as a reliever, and the Braves will see what he can do as a starter.

It’s a good opportunity to get him stretched back out, Snitker said. “Every time he’s been out, it’s kind of kicked up a tick. We needed a starter for (Wednesday), so it’s a good opportunity to get him back out there and get him stretched out again.”

Gohara, listed at 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, made five starts for Atlanta at the end of the 2017 season. He had a 4.91 ERA in those starts, but he registered 31 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings while walking eight batters.

“It’s sustained greatness I think is what drives me,” Rodgers said recently at the Wisconsin High School Sports Awards, via Aaron Nagler of “It’s to be the best and to be able to choose when I’m done playing. I think as you’ve seen here recently with Jordy [Nelson] but even you go back a few years to whether it’s Julius Peppers or A.J. Hawk or John Kuhn or Brett Favre, the fairy tale ending of starting a career and ending it with the same organization rarely happens. So that’s kind of my goal, is to be able to be indispensable to this organization into my 40s to where you’ve got to keep me around.”

That sounds a lot like the same thing that motivates Patriots quarterback Tom Brady: Playing beyond 40 while staying with his one and only team, and performing so well that the team would never have the temptation or necessity to make a business/football decision to move on.

Seahawks promote Nolan Teasley to director of pro personnel

The Seahawks promoted Nolan Teasley to director of pro personnel, General Manager John Schneider announced Friday.
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Teasley most recently held the title of assistant director of pro personnel. He takes over for Dan Morgan, who earlier this month joined the Bills as their director of player personnel.

We are extremely excited to be able to promote Nolan Teasley into his new role as director of pro personnel, Schneider said in a statement released by the team. Nolan started as an intern with us and has continually impressed with his football knowledge and work ethic. We will all miss Dan Morgan but we are very pleased to be able to have Nolan step forward into his new role.

We had a great mindset going into the game, Warriors assistant Ron Adams said. We played with force and focus. When you play Houston, we have our schemes going into it, but you really have to be eclectic and spontaneous because of how they play and how they drive and find their 3-point shooters. It goes back to focus. We made so many good reads. Draymond talked behind the defense well. It was a really good evening defensively.

No. 9 hitter Torres, playing his 25th career game, had a two-run homer in the second. His Kyle Van Noy Youth jersey solo shot in the sixth, his sixth homer already, ended Colon’s bid for a milestone victory only three days before his 45th birthday.

The lineup is awesome. Everybody does their job, Torres said. I just try to help my team too, try to put in something, hit or defense too.

Authentic Donald Penn Jersey Colon (2-2), whose big league debut was on April 4, 1997, allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings in his 178th career loss. The portly right-hander remained one win short of matching Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marchial’s 243 victories, the most by a player born in the Dominican Republic.

But mandatory Cardinals minicamp in June will be Rosen’s opportunity to earn an endorsement from one of the most distinguished veterans in the NFL: Larry Fitzgerald.

Rosen, like Guice, was dogged by rumors and vague character concerns before the draft. In Rosen’s case, there were whispers that he is too political, or too millennial or that he had too much handed to him as a young man (unlike blue-collar football guys such as his college coach, Jim Mora Jr.).
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The Buffalo Bills released guard Richie Incognito from the reserve/retired list Monday, the team announced.

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Incognito told the Bills that he wanted to play again, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, after the four-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman retired Kam Chancellor Youth jersey in April. Incognito is now a free agent and is able to sign with any team.
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The Bills placed Incognito on the retired list April 12, two days after Incognito informed the NFL Players Association in a tweet that he was done playing football.

Incognito, 34, later told The Buffalo News that he made the decision for health-related reasons, saying, My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing me.

The Diamondbacks’ front office is quite secure, job-wise, after an unexpectedly strong season and postseason appearance last year. Anything less than the playoffs will be moving backward, though, especially because, unlike the Mariners, the Diamondbacks project to be a playoff team right now. Windows don’t stay open forever: They have a bad farm system, their second-best position player (A.J. Pollock) will be a free agent next winter and their success has been built on the world’s most fragile resource, healthy starting pitchers. Their chances are probably better this year than next.
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Said Hoyer of Brady: We’re great friends; we talk all the time.

Veteran outfielder Michael Saunders signed a minor league deal with the White Sox and was assigned to Triple-A Charlotte. He played for Toronto and Philadelphia last season, batting .202 with six homers and 21 RBI in 73 games.

Orioles: Baltimore closer Zach Britton (Achilles tendon) is scheduled to throw simulated games of one inning on Tuesday and two innings on Saturday before beginning a rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk on May 30, Showalter said. … RHP Darren O’Day (hyperextended elbow) is progressing slowly and might need a rehab assignment before returning, Showalter said. O’Day is expected to throw on Tuesday. … RHP Chris Tillman (lower back strain) threw on flat ground.

White Sox: OF Nicky Delmonico (broken right hand) had another set of X-rays and said everything is in place. He is under orders to protect his hand right now while it heals, so he is using his left hand as he goes about his life. I’m learning how to do everything again, he said.

Former NFL DEs Greg Hardy, Austen Lane will fight in an MMA bout for a chance at the UFC

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Former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy will make his professional debut as an MMA fighter on June 12 against former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Austen Lane, the UFC announced Saturday night.
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The two former NFL players will face each other in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (DWTNCS). The series was launched in 2017 by UFC president Dana White as a way to scout and showcase talent on the verge of earning a contract with the UFC.

The team also signed undrafted free agents who participated in this weekend’s rookie minicamp. They are Stony Brook safety Tyrice Beverette, Oklahoma State center Brad Lundblade and Ferris State defensive tackle Chris Okoye.

To make room for the three signings, the Bengals waived offensive lineman Oni Omoile, tight end Scott Orndoff and defensive back Robenson Therezie. Omoile and Orndoff are first-year players in 2018, while Therezie is a third-year player.

That’s what azcentral sports did in trying to dissect the likelihood of Rosen’s playing time in 2018 as well as that of the other first-round, first-year QBs.

Research shows they all could end up playing a lot more than you might have thought.

In the last 20 years, there have been 55 quarterbacks that ended up being first-round picks and, all told, they combined to appear in an average of 9.9 games and start in an average of 8.3 games their rookie seasons. So in other words, if history holds true, you can probably expect Rosen to play at least half the season.
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I don’t really follow those numbers, Rosen said, looking a bit surprised, after his first workout in the team’s rookie minicamp. I’m just trying to get out on the field and do the best I can do. If the coaches think I’m Slater Koekkoek Jersey ready, then I’m ready to go.

Quincy Enunwa thinks Jets could dethrone the Patriots

The Patriots have owned the AFC East, winning it every year from 2003 through 2017, with the exception of 2008. Inevitably, another team will win the division. Jets receiver Quincy Enunwa thinks it could be his team.

After saying on one radio show last week that the Patriots are “vulnerable” and that the Jets are “capable” of knocking them off, Enunwa reluctantly reiterated the point while appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Though Armstrong has one year remaining on his current contract, he signed that deal with the San Francisco 49ers. And while the 49ers thought enough of Armstrong to give him that contract, they didn’t believe he was good enough to see the end of it. The Giants may not either, especially since cutting Armstrong would save $1.23 million.

Armstrong will be competing for a depth role behind starting inside linebackers Alec Ogletree and B.J. Goodson. New York has less than $10 million in cap space and may not want to spend that kind of money on a role player.

Though Armstrong is good enough to earn a backup job in the NFL, he may have to earn it with a team that has more cash to spend.

Monday Night Football is part of the storied fabric of the NFL, Witten said in a statement. Growing up it was a night I looked forward to every week. Having spent 15 years as a member the Dallas Cowboys, I am excited and proud to represent another iconic franchise and join the team at ESPN and MNF. I love the game of football, and look forward to sharing my thoughts and insight with the viewers around the world.

McFarland had fun at Witten’s expense during a conference call Thursday afternoon saying the former Cowboy got old and so he needed a new job.

The new crew will make its regular-season debut when the Raiders (and former MNF analyst Jon Gruden) host the Rams on Sept. 10. It will mark the first time the primary crew has worked the second half of the Week 1 Monday night doubleheader. The Lions will also host the Jets earlier that night, and that game’s broadcast lineup will be announced at a future date.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was a first-round pick, a Pro Bowler in his second year and once considered the future face of the Vikings. However, a severe knee injury put his career on pause and nearly ended it.colts_111

Barnwell told police he didn’t remember the incident.

The woman’s uncle,聽John Betancourt, who shared an image of the woman in the hospital with NJ Advance Media, said his niece just finished a doctorate degree in sociology.
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He destroyed her,聽Betancourt wrote to the news outlet.

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Hill was twice suspended in 2016, first for four games in August for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, and again indefinitely in November of that same year. He last played for the Tennessee Titans in 2015.

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Theo Riddick, the highest-paid running back on the roster who stands to lose playing time and potentially his roster spot, doesn’t share Roethlisberger’s attitude. In fact, Riddick embraces the additions, seeing it as an opportunity for both him and the team to get better.
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I think our room has gotten more competitive, with some of the guys who are in there, Riddick said Tuesday. With that, that makes everyone want to work harder and bring their ‘A’聽game every day.

Browns sign first pick in round two, and two other draft selections

The Browns have gotten the process of getting their picks under contract started. Three have signed their rookie deals.
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The trio is led by former Nevada offensive lineman Austin Corbett. He was the first pick of day two of the draft, taken at the top of round two.

Authentic Youth Eddie Yarbrough Jersey The Buccaneers announced that former coach Tony Dungy would be inducted to the team’s Ring of Honor on Sept. 24, during halftime of their Monday Night Football appearance against the Steelers.

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Dungy has the highest winning percentage of all Bucs coaches, and the improvements he made there set the stage for Jon Gruden to come in and win a Super Bowl there. Dungy went on to Indianapolis and won a Super Bowl there.

As a player he was always prepared, worked hard, did everything. He worked his way up from the bottom. He didn’t get placed into a seat because of his status as a former player. Sometimes that’s warranted, but Dan was a scouting intern with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and worked his way up to a Director of Pro Scouting. That’s not Womens Vincent Trocheck Jersey an easy transition to go from the field to a grunt in our business. It’s humbling and he did it and he’s risen to Director of Pro [Scouting].

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Payton indicated that the Saints were trying to trade up even higher in the draft but other teams turned them down. Eventually the Packers agreed to send the 14th pick to the Saints for the 27th pick, next year鈥檚 first-round pick and also a fifth-round pick this year.

Brown sat with arms folded in his lap and offered tart responses to the five questions he fielded in a session that lasted a hair under two minutes.

Windhorst: I couldn’t say now. But this I can: No matter how it may look two weeks in, almost every team faces adversity at some point in a playoff run. How they handle it often will define their season. And having experience in dealing with adversity is so often a difference-maker in who can overcome it.

Snellings: Before the season began, I predicted that the Rockets would defeat the Warriors to represent the West in the Finals, and I’m sticking with that. I think the 76ers are the best team in the East right now, but their inexperience will be their weakness. Despite Cleveland’s current struggles, I’m staying with the Cavaliers.

Forcing Jazz misses and turnovers allowed the Thunder to get out in transition, which, along with Rudy Gobert’s absence, allowed Westbrook to get high-value shots around the rim. I’m fascinated to see whether Oklahoma City can keep it up in Game 6, particularly with Westbrook expending so much energy; he played the entire second half for the first time since Game 7 of the 2016 Western Conference finals, per ESPN Stats & Information research.

No reply was shorter than when Brown was asked about his own numbers that day.

“My teammates found me in open spots. I hit some shots,” said Brown, who soon stood up, adjusted the fanny pack he’s trying to will back into style and headed for the team bus.

The popular narrative as Brown and Tatum assert themselves on the playoff stage is how bright the more distant future is becoming for the Celtics. And it’s absolutely fair to watch what these two are doing for injury-depleted Boston and wonder just how good this team can eventually be when it has a healthy Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward on the court next season.

But that overlooks what makes Brown and Tatum so special to begin with: They don’t want to wait to be great.

On Monday, the Celtics gathered at their training facility to watch film and go through light prep for Game 5. The team didn’t spend much time on the court, but Brown stayed late for extra shooting. It was a way to fight the frustration that lingered from not being able to close out Game 4.canucks_1347