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.

Villanueva, ...Read more

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.

Saints ...Read more

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

Steelers lose to Bears in overtime, 23-17

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CHICAGO -- The Steelers lost to another big underdog on the road when the Chicago Bears beat them in overtime, 23-17, Sunday at Soldier Field.

The loss dropped the Steelers to 2-1. Chicago, a 7.5-point underdog, won its first game and dropped the Steelers franchise record to 1-13 in Chicago.

The Bears won the toss and took over at the 26 after...Read more

Lions' late TD overturned in 30-26 loss to Falcons

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Sunday in one of the wildest, wackiest finishes you'll ever see.

The Lions appeared to score the go-ahead touchdown against the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons with 8 seconds to play, but Golden Tate was ruled inches short of the goal line on review and the touchdown was ...Read more

Vikings beat Buccaneers, 34-17, with Case Keenum leading the way

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Vikings dressed just four receivers for Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, confident they could bruise the NFL's 22nd-ranked run defense from a year ago with an offensive line rebuilt to facilitate an improved ground game.

They built a passing game on deep shots off play action, burning a Buccaneers team with ...Read more

Miscues haunt Browns as comeback attempt falls short vs. Colts

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Well, so much for the Browns being the favorite to win.

Favored by Las Vegas oddsmakers for the first time since Week 14 of the 2015 season, the Browns were dominated in the first half Sunday by the Indianapolis Colts and couldn't completely dig out of a hole with turnovers haunting rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer for the ...Read more

Ravens rolled by Jaguars, 44-7, in London

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LONDON -- The Ravens insisted they'd be ready for what they called a business trip. The injuries, the long flight, the altered practice schedule and routine, the unfamiliarity with their surroundings compared with their opponent's, none of that would matter.

Very early in Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, it ...Read more

Dak Prescott still learning the ups and downs of NFL life

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FRISCO, Texas -- It was a question that hung over Dak Prescott the entire offseason.

Never mind his sensational rookie season, which was perhaps the finest of any quarterback in NFL history.

He was the bus driver of a run-oriented offense. The decisions and throws were easy.

But could the Dallas Cowboys truly rely on his arm to win games if ...Read more

Case Keenum's competitive fire won't let him go down easy in Vikings' starting role

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Case Keenum is the underdog story you should love, but might be upset about.

That's because a starting quarterback is probably injured if Keenum, who will make his second start for the Vikings on Sunday, is in the game. Starter Sam Bradford's short-term future is in question because of a swollen left knee, but this is certain: A loss to the ...Read more

Lions sign Jim Caldwell to multiyear contract extension

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Maybe now the questions about Jim Caldwell's future as Detroit Lions coach can stop.

Caldwell has signed a multiyear contract extension with the Lions, the team confirmed Saturday afternoon.

ESPN, which first reported the news, said the deal actually was signed "months ago" but not disclosed.

Caldwell, whose original contract with the Lions ...Read more

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