Cowboys make a statement with 28-17 win in Arizona, show of unity

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Might a Monday night in Arizona be one day remembered as the tipping point for the Dallas Cowboys coming together on and off the field.

What happened in the Cowboys 28-17 victory against the Arizona Cardinals wasn't as coordinated as their complicated, yet delicately planned, display of unity and solidarity before the game.

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Raiders and Broncos among NFL teams trying to bounce back in Week 4

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Great rivalries. Terrible moods.

Two of the best NFL games in Week 4 -- Pittsburgh at Baltimore, and Oakland at Denver -- are marquee divisional matchups featuring four teams coming off upset road losses, Sunday stumbles ranging from mildly surprising to shocking.

The Ravens, who were favored by four points in London, were stomped by ...Read more

Doubtful any NFL owner would push to fire player over anthem protest

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Firing a National Football League player for kneeling during the national anthem isn't as easy as President Donald Trump made it sound.

A team owner would need to be mighty determined and willing to endure some long-term public relations damage and legal bills. But those who know sports contract law say that when it comes to standing up for ...Read more

Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks arrested after gun is found in car

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Ethan Westbrooks was arrested Friday night when a gun was found in his vehicle after a traffic stop near Bakersfield.

"I can't talk about it because it's a legal issue," Westbrooks said Monday after practice.

Westbrooks, 26, was initially stopped for speeding on Interstate 5 in Kern ...Read more

Should Lions have had 1 second to run last play vs. Falcons?

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Should the Detroit Lions have had 1 second to run a final play in their gut-wrenching loss Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons?

A screen grab from the Fox broadcast appears to show Lions wide receiver Golden Tate catching a goal-line pass from Matthew Stafford and being touched down by Falcons cornerback Brian Poole with 11 seconds still on the ...Read more

Eagles suffer 'devastating loss' with Darren Sproles' season-ending injuries

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The Eagles suffered a "devastating loss" on Monday when it was learned that running back Darren Sproles has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and a broken right forearm, injuries that will sideline the respected running back and punt returner for the season and potentially end his career.

Sproles, 34, had hinted that 2017 could...Read more

49ers' Eric Reid pens impassioned letter for NYT re-affirming support for Kaepernick

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Eric Reid wrote an eloquent and emotional note for the New York Times to reinforce his stance alongside former teammate Colin Kaepernick.

The 49ers safety and fellow national anthem protester said in a letter posted Monday that he is "heartbroken" over "constant smears" of Kaepernick, who was targeted by President Donald Trump at a rally Friday...Read more

John Harbaugh on the Ravens' protests during national anthem: 'Things aren't going to be easy'

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A day after President Donald Trump's controversial denunciation of NFL players who do not stand for the national anthem sparked league-wide protests, including during the Ravens' game Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, coach John Harbaugh spoke at length about the issue Monday.

Below is a partial transcript from his weekly news ...Read more

Steelers' Alejandro Villanueva: 'I feel embarrassed' by anthem foul-up

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Alejandro Villanueva said he never intended to stand alone during the national anthem on Sunday and apologized to his teammates and coach Mike Tomlin for what he called "a very embarrassing" butchering of the team's pregame plan.

"Every single time I see that picture of me standing by myself, I feel embarrassed," Villanueva said.

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Panthers owner Jerry Richardson statement on protests: 'Politicizing' NFL is damaging

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On Monday, Carolina Panthers owner and founder Jerry Richardson became the 31st team or team owner to release a statement following the remarks President Donald Trump directed at NFL players over the weekend.

"We are proud of the men we have on this football team," the statement read. "Our players have been active and impactful participants in ...Read more

Ben Roethlisberger regrets anthem decision, says Steelers won't do it again

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The Steelers will be on the sideline during the national anthem in future games, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and defensive end Cam Heyward said during a news conference Monday.

Roethlisberger, via a statement posted on his website, said he has regrets over the Steelers' decision to wait in the tunnel during the national anthem at Sunday's ...Read more

Slideshow: 7 must-read stats from Week 3 of the NFL

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The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated Baltimore 44-7 in front of 84,592 fans at London's Wembley Stadium in the first of a record four 2017 London Series games in the United Kingdom. Jacksonville tight end MARCEDES LEWIS had three touchdown catches, the most touchdown receptions by a player in a London Series game since its inception in ...Read more

Steelers fans burn apparel after decision to skip national anthem

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The Steelers were one of three NFL teams not on the sidelines during the pregame playing of the national anthem Sunday, following tweets from President Donald Trump over the weekend criticizing players who have protested police brutality and racial inequality by kneeling during the anthem.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said the decision for ...Read more

Cowboys players plan anthem protest over Trump's comments

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PHOENIX -- The Dallas Cowboys plan to protest during the national anthem before Monday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, per multiple sources.

Nothing has been firmed up and they will likely come to some decision in the locker room. It may not be a coordinated effort. It may just be a few individuals.

One player said, "We have to do ...Read more

Raiders players take a seat, then take a loss to Washington

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HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- The Raiders engaged in a peaceful protest Sunday night and then took pacifism to an extreme in a 27-10 loss to Washington at FedEx Field.

Most Raiders players, arms interlocked and faces deadly serious, did not stand for the national anthem in a form of protest against racial oppression that took different forms throughout ...Read more

Brees, Saints cruise past Panthers, 34-13

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Saints came to Bank of America Stadium on Sunday and routed the Panthers, 34-13.

Carolina's 2-0 start against the 49ers and Bills was built on what defensive end Julius Peppers called the best unit he's been a part of in his 16-year career. But that was before that defense faced Brees, who is in his 17th season.

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Opportunistic defense, Kareem Hunt help Chiefs put away Chargers

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CARSON, Calif. -- The streak continues.

Thanks to a pick-happy defense -- one that also found a way to consistently get off the field on third down, despite a largely dormant pass rush -- and a big run by rookie star Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs got their seventh straight victory against the Los Angeles Chargers, winning 24-10 at the StubHub Center ...Read more

As Trump continues his attacks, NFL players protest by kneeling or locking arms

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Players from almost every team in the National Football League showed their solidarity in protest of recent comments by President Donald Trump, either taking a knee or locking arms during the national anthem on Sunday.

Because of the time difference, players from the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars got the jump on everyone by kneeling...Read more

Jake Elliott's 61-yard field goal gives Eagles 27-24 win over Giants

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PHILADELPHIA -- Jake Elliott etched his name into Eagles lore and gave them a critical 27-24 win over the New York Giants when the rookie kicker hit a franchise-record 61-yard field goal in the final seconds of their home opener on Sunday.

Elliott's field goal came in his second game with the Eagles after they signed him off the Cincinnati ...Read more

Seahawks' defense falters in 33-27 loss to Titans

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- So much for the Seahawks' defense carrying the offense.

On a day when the much-maligned Seattle offense showed its most sustained life of the year, the defense fell apart by allowing Tennessee to pass and run all over them in a 33-27 victory at Nissan Stadium.

With the defeat, Seattle fell to 1-2 for the first time since ...Read more