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Delanie Walker, Family Have Received Death Threats

Sep 29, 2017 8:04 AM

Delanie Walker says he and his family have received death threats since he told fans who didn't agree with the Tennessee Titans' protest during the national anthem that they were welcome to not watch the team's games.

Walker posted a photo on Instagram of him with the military during a USO tour this spring. He reiterated his belief that sitting out the anthem last week did not disrespect those who have served in the military.

"The death threats that my family and I have received since my comments are heartbreaking," Walker wrote. "The racist and violent words directed at me and my son only serve as another reminder that our country remains divided and full of hateful rhetoric. These words of hate will only fuel me in my efforts to continue my work reaching out to different community groups, listening to opposing voices, and honoring the men and women in the Armed Forces who risk their lives every day so that we may have this dialogue.

"I am proud to represent the many faces of Titans fans and believe that only through a more respectful discourse can we achieves the goals of unity, peace and racial equality that I know we all strive for."

The Titans said they've received death threats on the team's social media accounts as well.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

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Bears Evaluating Everything, Including Quarterback

Sep 29, 2017 7:56 AM

The Chicago Bears are evaluating the roster top-to-bottom following Thursday night's 35-14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Mike Glennon had four turnovers and John Fox admitted that the quarterback position will be discussed.

"We need to make a lot of changes," Fox said. "We will evaluate everything, and we've got a lot of work to do before we line up against Minnesota on [Oct. 9]. We are going to look at everything."

Fox, however, refused to attribute all of Chicago's issues to Glennon.

"I don't think all of those were Mike's turnovers," he said. "Again, there are a lot of people out there that are involved. We had dropped balls. We had penalties. There was plenty of stuff to pass around.

"I think we evaluate every day. It's not going to be a new novelty; it's just that obviously we have to fix some things on our football team. We are 1-3 to start the season. Not just the quarterback. Everybody wants to talk about the quarterback. We have more issues than the quarterback."

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

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O.J. Simpson Could Be Released From Prison As Soon As Monday

Sep 28, 2017 8:24 AM

O.J. Simpson could be released from prison as soon as Monday.

A decision in July approved parole for Simpson on or after October 1.

Simpson has spent nine years behind bars after a failed effort to reclaim memorabilia that had been stolen from him.

CBS News

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Eric Reid: Colin Kaepernick's Message Has Been Lost

Sep 28, 2017 8:21 AM

Eric Reid believes the initial message he and Colin Kaepernick tried to send by kneeling during the national anthem as a silent protest of racial inequality last year has been lost in translation.

Nearly every NFL team has had players participating in some form of protest on the heels of Donald Trump's comments about players kneeling during the anthem.

"He thinks that [the weekend's protest] was a direct response to, obviously, what the president said," Reid said.

"[Kaepernick] wishes that this many people were involved last year. I don't think the narrative would have went in as many directions as it went if we had more solidarity. We could have focused in on these issues, but we have got to be pragmatic about it. We have this opportunity now, and it's important that we discuss the issues and make changes."

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

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Jaguars Believe T.J. Yeldon Still Has Future With Team

Sep 27, 2017 3:43 PM

T.J. Yeldon has been a healthy inactive for the Jacksonville Jaguars over the past two weeks, but the team insists they haven't moved on from him.

Yeldon was a second round pick by the Jaguars in 2015.

“We love T.J.,” Doug Marrone said. “We think he’s an outstanding football player. Right now we feel that the guys there [at running back] are doing well and what’s difficult is if we did have more spots on game day, we would put him up there. There’s no doubt about that.

“But it’s very difficult with what we’re trying to accomplish from the standpoint of all three phases to get a jersey on him right now. But the minute that we do have an opportunity where it’s not going to affect any of those three phases or maybe we need it more offensively -- might be a game-plan situation where we want more backs up that week -- we have no issue at all bringing him up.”

The Jaguars had four running backs active each week: Leonard Fournette, Chris Ivory, Corey Grant and fullback Tommy Bohanon.

Michael DiRocco/ESPN

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Andrew Luck Will Play If Healthy Regardless Of Colts' Record

Sep 27, 2017 11:05 AM

Andrew Luck will return to the field this season if he's healthy, regardless of whether the Indianapolis Colts are out of the playoff picture.

The Colts are 1-2 this season and have appeared to be one of the NFL's worst teams.

Luck could return as soon as Week 6.

"Number 12, he's our man," running back Frank Gore said earlier this week. "He really makes this ship go. With him, it'll be even greater. He loves the game. That's one guy that I think loves football more than me. He loves football and I respect him. My three years here, that's a football player. Tough, smart, true football player."

Mike Wells/ESPN

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Carson Wentz Offered Jake Elliott Game Check Before GW FG

Sep 27, 2017 8:12 AM

Jake Elliott kicked the Philadelphia Eagles to a dramatic win over the New York Giants on Sunday with a 61-yard, game-winning field goal and may have earned himself some extra money in the process.

Carson Wentz told Elliott on the sideline moments for the kick that he'd give the kicker his game check if he made the longest field goal in Lincoln Financial Field history.

Wentz's game check is worth $31,764.71 and Elliott is on a one-year, $465,000 deal.

The quarterback has said that the two will work the deal out.

Dan Hanzus/NFL

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Packers Asking Fans To Link Arms During Anthem

Sep 27, 2017 8:03 AM

The Green Bay Packers are asking fans at Lambeau Field for Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bears to join them in linking arms during the national anthem.

Most Packers linked arms on the sideline before Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Three players sat on the bench.

In a statement released Tuesday night, the players said coaches and staff will join them with arms intertwined to represent a coming together of people who want "freedom, equality, tolerance, understanding and justice for those who have been unjustly treated, discriminated against or otherwise treated unfairly."

"Those of us joining arms on Thursday will be different in so many ways, but one thing that binds us together is that we are all individuals who want to help make our society, our country and our world a better place," the players said in the statement. "We believe that in diversity there can be UNI-versity. Intertwined, we represent the many people who helped build this country, and we are joining together to show that we are ready to continue to build.

"Let's work together to build a society that is more fair and just."

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

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DirecTV Offering Sunday Ticket Refunds Amid Protests

Sep 27, 2017 7:59 AM

DirecTV is offering refunds for fans who want to cancel their NFL Sunday Ticket package, if they are doing so due to the recent protests during the national anthem, according to a source.

Once the season starts, fans usually cannot cancel their subscriptions, but AT&T, which owns DirecTV, decided to change the policy due to the sensitivity of the issue.

The price of the package is about $280.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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Jordan Howard: Bears Don't Have Quarterback Controversy

Sep 26, 2017 9:33 AM

Mike Glennon hasn't been effective through three games, but that doesn't mean the Chicago Bears will soon have a quarterback controversy.

Chicago drafted Mitch Trubisky second overall earlier this year.

"We don't really worry about it too much. Mike, we know he's the starter, and as long as coach says he's the starter, we're all the way behind him. So we don't really think too much about it," Jordan Howard said.

Glennon has a 67.3% completion percentage for 615 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also lost a fumble.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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Chiefs Aren't Concerned About Overworking Kareem Hunt
Kareem Hunt is on pace for 299 touches, but the Chiefs aren't concerned about overworking the rookie running back.

Kansas City Star

Carson Palmer Fourth QB To Throw 100 TDs With Two Teams
Carson Palmer connected with Larry Fitzgerald on Monday night for his 100th touchdown pass as a member of the Cardinals.

Josh Weinfuss/ESPN

Derek Carr Wants All Blame For Oakland's Loss
Derek Carr wants to take all the blame for Oakland's 27-10 loss to Washington on Sunday night.

NBC Sports Bay Area

Steelers Surprised By Alejandro Villanueva's Appearance During Anthem
Many members of the Steelers were surprised to see Alejandro Villanueva emerge from the Soldier Field tunnel during Sunday's national anthem, according to a source.

Jeremy Fowler/ESPN

Jim Caldwell Signs Extension With Lions
Jim Caldwell had been in the final year of his contract.

Michael Rothstein/ESPN

Rob Gronkowski Has $5.75M Incentive To Play Against Texans
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Jeff Howe/Boston Herald

Todd Gurley First With Six TDs Through Three Games Since 2011
In addition to his three scores against the San Francisco 49ers, Todd Gurley rushed for 113 yards.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Steven Hauschka: White People Need To See Inequality Exists
Steven Hauschka wants "to do more" to advance the discussion of racial inequality.

Buffalo News

T.Y. Hilton On Colts Falling To 0-3: 'It Can't Happen'
T.Y. Hilton is confident the Colts will find the win column against the Browns this Sunday.

Kevin Patra/NFL

Packers May Reduce Ty Montgomery's Snaps
Green Bay has monitored the overuse of players in the past and Montgomery leads all running backs with 139 offensive snaps played this season.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

NFL Players Want Month Dedicated To Activism
A group of four players sent the NFL a memo in August requesting league support and asking for a month to be dedicated to social activism.

ESPN

Tarik Cohen Only RB Among NFL's Leaders In Targets
Tarik Cohen has enjoyed a productive start to his NFL career with the Bears.

RealGM Staff Report

Ben McAdoo May Give Up Play-Calling Duties
The Giants have struggled offensively, which has led Ben McAdoo to consider giving up play-calling duties as soon as this week.

Darin Gantt/Pro Football Talk

Santana Moss: RGIII Out Of NFL Due To Issues With Coaches
Santana Moss says his former Redskins teammate, Robert Griffin III, is out of football because of his issues dealing with coaches.

CSN Mid-Atlantic

Charles Tillman Training To Become FBI Agent
Charles Tillman is currently at the FBI Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia, according to multiple sources.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Dolphins Acquire Stephone Anthony From Saints
A 2015 first-round pick, Stephone Anthony has yet to play a down this season after starting 19 games over the past two seasons.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Browns Favored For First Time Since 2015
The Browns have opened as 2.5-point favorites against the Colts on Sunday.

ESPN

Chargers Sticking With Younghoe Koo
The Chargers won't be shifting from kicker Younghoe Koo despite two rough games to begin the season.

Los Angeles Daily News

Jason Garrett, Ezekiel Elliott To Discuss Lack Of Effort
Jason Garrett will meet with Ezekiel Elliott to discuss the running back's lack of effort in two plays during Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Ben McAdoo Blames Eli Manning For 'Sloppy' Fourth Down Play
The Giants attempted a comeback in the second half against the Lions on Monday, but it was derailed by what Ben AcAdoo called "sloppy quarterback play" by Eli Manning.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN