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Eric Reid was first to follow Colin Kaepernick. He’s still trying to change the world.
There was a second player in that hotel lobby 13 months ago; another San Francisco 49ers player who, later that night, risked his career by kneeling. It was more than a year ago that Colin Kaepernick, a 49ers quarterback at the time, began drawing attention and intense criticism for protesting police brutality against African Americans by first sitting and then kneeling while the national anthem was performed. Kaepernick is now a household name, for better or worse – one of the nation’s most polarizing figures and either pro football’s Curt Flood or the man who spoiled Sundays by dragging politics onto the football field. From the beginning, Kaepernick’s knee wasn’t the only one on the turf. “I’m not doing this to be recognized,” Eric Reid, the 49ers’ 25-year-old safety, said in an interview at FedEx Field this past Sunday – a few hours after, along with other San Francisco players, Reid again took a knee before his team’s game against the Washington Redskins. And, indeed, for his part in what has become an important and perhaps historic moment in sports dialogue – NFL players have, if nothing else, realized the power of their voices and their caucus – Reid remains a highly influential, if mostly anonymous, participant in NFL politics. After San Francisco’s game Sunday, Reid dressed in the locker room while a small group of reporters waited. He answered a few questions as his teammates left for the West Coast. Reid, though, was staying in Washington before traveling to New York to join a small group of players for a meeting with NFL franchise owners. On Tuesday following that meeting, Reid told The Washington Post in a telephone interview that owners were “open-minded” while listening to what players see as the league’s role in social activism. But Reid said he will continue kneeling before games. “We all knew that this is a long-term process, and it’s going to take many years moving forward,” he said. “It’s not something that’s going to be fixed over the next couple months left in this season. … We’re going to continue to do what we’ve been doing.” He has been doing it since September 2016, a week after media members noticed Kaepernick sitting on the 49ers’ bench during the national anthem before a preseason game. Shortly after Kaepernick’s protest was noticed, a former Green Beret named Nate Boyer published an open letter to Kaepernick. It described how veterans might interpret Kaepernick’s protest, and the quarterback invited Boyer to San Diego to talk about their options. At a table near a window, Kaepernick and Boyer talked, and Reid sat with them and mostly listened. Reid and Kaepernick had discussed various social issues, including what they saw as unfair treatment of African Americans, and had pondered various ways of bringing awareness to an intensifying problem. Related Articles Roger Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy Trump blasts NFL for not making players stand during anthem NFL players, owners hold “constructive” talks on issues Owners seek NFLPA’s help as players standing for anthem is “not happening quickly enough” Colin Kaepernick files grievance accusing NFL teams of colluding against him Kaepernick, in the meeting with Boyer and in previous discussions, took the lead. Reid, an intelligent and overachieving young athlete from Louisiana, understood a quarterback’s protest would resonate more than that of a defensive back. So, as much as anything, he was there as backup. Later that night, when the 49ers gathered on the Qualcomm Stadium sideline, Reid stood to Kaepernick’s right before kneeling with him. “I was taught growing up that you always do what you believe,” Reid said. “For me, it’s learning how to follow before learning how to lead. “A lot of it was taking Colin’s direction,” he said. “I told him how I felt and told him I wanted to support him, and from there we just kept talking and talking and talking, and here we are.” But before they arrived here, before representing NFL players in New York or taking a knee in San Diego, Reid was a talented kid near Baton Rouge. He was dependable, his high school coach said, always on time; Reid was – and this is a mighty compliment for a football coach to give – somebody you didn’t have to worry about. “One of the finest young men that I’ve ever been around,” said Benny Saia, who coached Reid and a great many more players in 15 years at Dutchtown High. Reid didn’t say much about equality back then or violence involving police or anything more than reaching his goals. He wanted to play c [...]
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Broncos’ defense emphasizes takeaways, two injured players return to practice, more notes
As the Broncos look to bounce back from a disappointing loss, their preparation for the Chargers and 10 games thereafter includes an emphasis on creating takeaways. Last season, the Broncos tied for seventh in the NFL with 27 total takeaways — 14 interceptions and 13 fumbles. Of their 333 total points, 117 of them were scored off takeaways. Through five games this season, the Broncos have only four interceptions and zero forced fumbles. “We actually had a turnover circuit in practice,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said. “I made a cut-up tape of guys creating takeaways, just different teams throughout the NFL. But in terms of turnovers, the thing for us is we’re doing a lot of different things to try to create matchups for Von Miller and others guys on defense, a lot of different pressure packages, things we’re doing with our stunts, how we’re moving guys around. And the way the teams are playing us, they’re getting rid of the ball. Since the start of the 2015 season, the Broncos’ defense has been their greatest weapon and often their safety net. Though they lead the league in total yards (261.8 per game) this season and had the NFL’s top run defense before Sunday’s loss, they’ve made takeaways a priority. “It’s got to be a conscious effort to really go out there and try to strip the ball,” Von Miller said. “There were a couple plays there I feel like, on the sack in Oakland game, I felt like I should have had a chance to get the ball out and it didn’t happen. I felt like this last past week when Eli (Manning) came down on it and it just didn’t happen. Even the sack on Dak (Prescott), my second sack of the season on Dak, I tried to get the ball out and it just didn’t go. We just haven’t had our break yet, but we’re definitely working on it. It’s definitely a priority of ours. Hey, if we can play the same defense we’ve been playing and add on some turnovers, we’ll be more than good.” Injury updates. Receiver Demaryius Thomas (calf bruise) and linebacker Brandon Marshall (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday’s workout. Right tackle Menelik Watson did not practice again, but remains day-to-day for a calf strain. The Broncos have been working Allen Barbre and Donald Stephenson at right tackle, should Watson be unable to go Sunday, but the team is not ready to rule out their starting tackle. Related Articles Kiszla: Here’s the first real test of Vance Joseph’s mettle as head coach of the Broncos Hunter Sharp eager for chance to help Broncos team with injuries piling up at wide receiver Shane Ray, Jake Butt return to Broncos practice; LB Brandon Marshall added to injury list NFL Week 7 Preview: Key injuries throwing wrench in playoff races Can’t decide which player to rep? Broncos fans can now rotate jerseys week to week Cornerback Aqib Talib, running back Jamaal Charles and nose tackle Domata Peko returned after taking their usual veteran day off. And tight end A.J. Derby was back, a day after his wife gave birth to their first child, a girl. Six hours at a time. As the Broncos ready for a three-game road stretch at Los Angeles, Kansas City and then Philadelphia, Miller says he can look only a day ahead — or less. “We have three road games in a row?” he asked. “I hadn’t really thought about it like that. “I knew it was at some point in the season, I just didn’t think we were there. For me, it’s day-to-day. To be consistent in the National Football League, you can’t really think about it like this month of football coming up. It’s too competitive, there are too many moving parts. Things happen so fast. Actually you got to really go about it six hours at a time. If you’re able to do that, you’ll be good.” [...]
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MHR Live: Back like cooked Braque
(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.10"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); MHR Live: Back like BraqueWeek 7 has started with quite a few roster moves, the Denver Broncos have cut defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin, placed offensive lineman Billy Turner on injured reserve, activated wide receiver Hunter Sharp to the 53-man roster, signed wide receiver River Cracraft to the practice squad and announced wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie as OUT for this weekend's contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. Perhaps most important, outside linebacker Shane Ray and rookie tight end Jake Butt both The Chargers will host the Broncos at the home of the (United Soccer League team) LA Galaxy. Early reports on tickets sales project the chargers to have somewhere around 39 fans in attendance. Join us live as we break down what happened to Denver at home against the New York Giants last Sunday and give a short introduction to the Chargers in Week 7. Tomorrow we will have the deep dive Get in where you fit it, because study long, study wrong. Join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now.Posted by Mile High Report: A Denver Broncos Blog on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Wake up tomorrow with exclusive Denver Broncos news and stories in your inbox for your morning commute! Join The Strongside Blitz by Denver vs. newsletter right now and get freemium, high key storytelling in your inbox every morning. Week 7 has started with quite a few roster moves, the Denver Broncos have cut defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin, placed offensive lineman Billy Turner on injured reserve, activated wide receiver Hunter Sharp to the 53-man roster, signed wide receiver River Cracraft to the practice squad and announced wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie as OUT for this weekend's contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. Perhaps most important, outside linebacker Shane Ray and rookie tight end Jake Butt both return to practice this week. The Chargers will host the Broncos at the home of the (United Soccer League team) LA Galaxy. Early reports on tickets sales project the chargers to have somewhere around 39 fans in attendance. Join us live as we break down what happened to Denver at home against the New York Giants last Sunday and give a short introduction to the Chargers in Week 7. Tomorrow we will have the deep dive Get in where you fit it, because study long, study wrong. Join your host Ian Henson and the greatest group of Broncos fans on the internet live, right now. An excerpt from the latest edition of The Strongside Blitz, sign-up right here: DEFENSE New York Giants running back Orleans Darkwa did not necessarily come out of nowhere necessarily. No offense to the fantasy football experts, but it was not much of a secret that Darkwa was New York's best running back to anyone that has seen the Giants play football this season or last. In Week 6—on Sunday Night Football—Darkwa ran for 117 yards. A running back running for 117 yards on the Broncos is a running back that has run for 63 more yards against Denver this season than Melvin Gordon, 92 more yards than LeSean McCoy, and 105 more yards than Ezekiel Elliot were able to do this season. How Darkwa ran for all of those yards is the part that is important to focus on as you attempt to simmer your bowling blood. Darkwa had 117 yards, but only four first downs... For reference Gordon had two first downs rushing against the Broncos, McCoy had two, Elliot even had one. So, what gives? Chunk yardage, Darkwa's 47-yard run in the first quarter accounts for 40.2% of Darkwa's total rushing yards. Other than that 47-yard run, Denver's defense also allowed tiny Darkwa breakaways of 14, 15 and 19-yards. The Broncos allowed Darkwa 95 yards on four rushing plays. The rest of the time, Darkwa had 16 attempts for 22 yards (1.38 average yards-per-carry). Ground Control Someone has to be Major Tom and that very well may be Justin Simmons. Simmons led the Broncos in tackles. Which isn't completely peculiar, except that he played center field most of the game. On top of leading the team in tackles (11), Simmons had one-third of Denver's team total in tackle for losses (two) and half of Denver's team total in passes defensed (two). His tackles saved touchdowns nearly every time. On Darkwa's big run: With Ahtyba Rubin subbing for Derek Wolfe, the Giants called for a play run opposite Rubin and Von Miller's side. Prior to the snap, the Broncos defense audibled, giving Miller a clear path to Eli Manning—daring the Giants to run at the well prepared defensive side of Domata Peko, Adam Gotsis and Shaquil Barrett with Darian Stewart idling near. On the snap, New York's left guard John Jerry and left ta [...]
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Broncos and Chargers injury report: DT, Sanders, Marshall, and Watson sit out practice
Here is your Wednesday injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers. A week ago, the Broncos were coming off their bye at 3-1 and were looking healthy. Just one week later they are now 3-2 after being upset by the then winless New York football Giants and are a bit banged up. They have a total of six starters(Not counting the NIR’s) listed on the injury report and five of them are listed as DNP’s. So things change quickly in the NFL, and unfortunately for the Broncos, it did not change for the better. Broncos had 11 players not practice today: Thomas, Sanders, McKenzie, Watson, Marshall, Talib, Peko, Charles, Derby, Latimer, Lynch #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) October 18, 2017 Veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and rookie returner/receiver Isaiah McKenzie have already been ruled out for this weekend’s game. Bennie Fowler will get the start next to Demaryius Thomas while Hunter Sharp has been activated off the Broncos practice squad to provide depth at receiver and returner for this weekend’s game. The two notable injuries to keep an eye on this week are to Brandon Marshall and Menelik Watson. If Marshall is not able to go, Corey Nelson will get the start against Melvin Gordon and the Chargers offense. If Watson is unable to go, it will be either Alan Barbre or Donald Stephenson to replace him in the starting lineup against pass rushers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. There figures to be a roster move there at some point this week, but seems doubtful it is anything substantial. As for the Chargers, they enter without any major injury questions. Star running back Melvin Gordon was limited with a shoulder injury but figures to be good for Sunday afternoon’s game. Here is your full Wednesday injury report for the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers. BOLD - Indicates change in status; NIR­- Indicates not injury related STATUS DEFINITIONS: Did not participate (DNP); Limited: means less than 100 percent of a player’s normal repetitions; Full: 100 percent of player’s normal repetitions; Out: will not play; Doubtful: Unlikely to play; Questionable: Uncertain to play [...]
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What’s been happening with Andrew Luck?
The Indianapolis Colts are still without Andrew Luck after the quarterback underwent surgery in January. Recently acquired passer Jacoby Brissett has played well as the team’s starter in Luck’s place, but the Colts are undeniably worse without the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft on the field. His absence has been somewhat of a mystery. While Luck’s surgery was described by Colts owner Jim Irsay as an outpatient procedure that wouldn’t threaten the 2017 regular season, it has clearly become a more significant issue than that. Luck has yet to play this season. But the problem for Luck began more than two years ago in a game against the Tennessee Titans. Here’s Luck’s injury history since: Sept. [...]
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That's What They Said: Chargers HC Anthony Lynn, OLB Melvin Ingram
Here's what Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn and outside linebacker Melvin Ingram had to say about the Broncos in their conference call with Denver media. [...]
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NFL Week 7 Preview: Key injuries throwing wrench in playoff races
The Saints-Packers matchup in Week 7 was supposed to feature two of the NFL’s top quarterbacks. But Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers instead became the latest star in the league to be lost for the season when he suffered a broken clavicle last week. The list of star players who have missed some time due to injury this season is a long one: Odell Beckham Jr., J.J. Watt, Jameis Winston, Derek Carr, Julian Edelman, Ryan Tannehill and Rodgers, among others. Only time will tell which teams can overcome these losses to stay in the playoff chase. (All games Sunday unless otherwise noted.) Game of the Week: Falcons (4-2) at Patriots (4-2), 6:30 p.m. These two teams haven’t looked like the same outfits that met in the Super Bowl eight months ago. New England’s defense has sprung holes everywhere. Atlanta was outscored by Miami 20-0 in the second half of a loss at home last week. Perhaps the rematch will elevate both teams to a new level. Chiefs (5-1) at Raiders (2-4), 6:25 p.m., Thursday. Nothing has gone right for the Raiders following their 2-0 start. Now they face close to a must-win game against a Chiefs team aiming to re-assert its dominance in the AFC following a home loss to the Steelers. Ravens (3-3) at Vikings (4-2), 11 a.m. Much of the talk surrounding the Vikings’ QB situation is whether Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater should be handed the reins once healthy. Perhaps they should continue to ride Case Keenum, who has completed 64.2 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and only one interception in five games of fill-in duty. Jets (3-3) at Dolphins (3-2), 11 a.m. A controversial call burned the Jets in a loss to the AFC East-leading Patriots last week. The Dolphins rallied from 17 points down to win at Atlanta, their second consecutive victory. This is a big game in the chase for vulnerable New England’s crown. Cardinals (3-3) at Rams (4-2), 11 a.m. Arizona had the worst rushing unit in the league. Then they picked up veteran Adrian Peterson and watched him run for 134 yards and two touchdowns in his first game with the Cardinals, a win over the Buccaneers. Jaguars (3-3) at Colts (2-4), 11 a.m. Style points don’t matter in the rock ’em, sock ’em race for the AFC South title. Games like this one within the division, which features no team with a winning record through six games, won’t be pretty. But winning doesn’t have to be. Saints (3-2) at Packers (4-2), 11 a.m. New Orleans seems to have found its stride after dropping 52 points in a win over the Lions, the third in a row for the Saints. Green Bay must find a way to stay on track in the NFC North without Rodgers. Panthers (4-2) at Bears, (2-4), 11 a.m. Rookie Mitchell Trubisky has given the Bears a spark in his first two NFL starts, leading them to an overtime victory over the Ravens last week. Fellow rookie Christian McCaffrey is starting to find his groove for Carolina with one receiving touchdown in each of his last two games. Buccaneers (2-3) at Bills (3-2), 11 a.m. Tampa Bay quarterback Winston is dealing with a shoulder sprain, which is bad news for an offense that has been disappointing this season. The Bills, coming off a bye, can stay in the thick of the AFC East race with a victory. Related ArticlesOctober 18, 2017 Suspension on hold again, Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott returns to team October 18, 2017 Roger Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy October 18, 2017 Dallas Cowboys will host 2018 NFL draft at AT&T Stadium next April October 18, 2017 Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson back in London as star man October 18, 2017 For NFL quarterbacks, change is coming in a big way this offseason Cowboys (2-3) at 49ers (0-6), 2:05 p.m. The Cowboys will have the services of RB Ezekiel Elliott, whose six-game NFL suspension has been delayed — for now. Even with Elliott, Dallas has already matched its regular-season loss total from last season. Can they avoid being the first team to lose to San Francisco? Bengals (2-3) at Pittsburgh (4-2), 2:25 p.m. Cincinnati is coming off a bye week and riding a two-game winning streak. An offense that sputtered out of the gates has found life, but now the Bengals face a Pittsburgh defense that limited the AFC-leading Chiefs to only 13 points in a road victory for the Steelers last week. Seahawks (3-2) at Giants (1-5), 2:25 p.m. Seattle is coming off a bye, which proved to be a recipe for disaster when the Broncos were and faced a winless Giants team last week. If quarterback Eli Manning continues to be conservative and take care of the football, New York’s defense is good enough to lead the team to a home win. Redskins (3-2) at Eagles (5-1), 6:30 p.m., Monday. Philadelphia will play for the first time in 10 days and Washington is coming off a bye week. Both teams should be well rested for a matchup with hu [...]
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Shane Ray, Jake Butt return to Broncos practice; LB Brandon Marshall added to injury list
Broncos practice on Wednesday included two additions in outside linebacker Shane Ray and rookie tight end Jake Butt. Ray, who was designated a short-term injured reserve player, hasn’t practiced since injuring his wrist early in training camp and subsequently undergoing surgery. He is expected to make his 2017 debut in Week 8 at Kansas City. Butt, still on the reserve/non-football injury list because of an ACL injury suffered at Michigan, could play “any day now,” head coach Vance Joseph said, though it’s unlikely Butt will play Sunday in Los Angeles. The Broncos have a three-week window to add him to the active roster. “Jake Butt looked great. He looked tall. He looked fast,” head coach Vance Joseph said. “He caught the ball well. He hasn’t been playing football, so he’s out of shape. But he’s gotten better every day as far as getting into football shape. Hopefully, we can get him up soon. Shane Ray, he looked fine. Again, not in football shape. Shane Ray’s timeframe has to be three weeks. So, he can play against the Chiefs since it’s Monday night game. That’s considered the third week. Butt’s timeframe is any day. When he’s ready, he can come up.” Added Ray: “The hand technique, the speed, the get-off — everything was where it needed to be. Just finishing that one last step. For me, it’s just knocking the dust off. I’m still doing what I was doing before.” Injury updates. The Broncos list of injuries was the longest it’s been since the start of the regular season. Receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie, both wearing boots because of their ankle injuries, were absent from practice and will be out for Sunday’s game. Right tackle Menelik Watson, also seen wearing a boot in the locker room, is day-to-day with a calf strain and did not practice. Nor did receiver Demaryius Thomas (lower calf bruise), receiver Cody Latimer (knee), quarterback Paxton Lynch (shoulder) and inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (right shoulder). Joseph said Marshall injured his shoulder about two weeks ago and played through the pain, but it affected his ability to tackle against the Giants. “We have to see how he progresses this week if he’s going to play or not,” Joseph said. “But if he’s sore and can’t tackle, he cannot play. Hopefully he gets it better as the week goes on.” Quarterback Trevor Siemian practiced in full Wednesday, after missing a series in last Sunday’s game with a left shoulder injury. Joseph, as well as Siemian, said he’s fine. Joseph also said Thomas will be OK to play Sunday but, “he needs one more day just to get it right.” Cornerback Aqib Talib, running back Jamaal Charles and nose tackle Domata Peko received their usual veteran day off, and tight end A.J. Derby did not practice because he and his wife were expecting their first child. Open spot. The Broncos have a vacant spot on the active roster since they released Ahtyba Rubin and placed Billy Turner on injured reserve. Wednesday they announced the promotion of receiver Hunter Sharp and addition of River Cracraft to the practice squad. Joseph said they are exploring all their options to fill the last spot — and they will fill it. Related Articles Hunter Sharp eager for chance to help Broncos team with injuries piling up at wide receiver NFL Week 7 Preview: Key injuries throwing wrench in playoff races Can’t decide which player to rep? Broncos fans can now rotate jerseys week to week Broncos promote WR Hunter Sharp, add WR River Cracraft to practice team Broncos make moves to clear two roster spots, sign WR River Cracraft “It could be a number of things,” Joseph said. “It could be a lineman this week, it could be something else. But it’s being explored.” The Broncos are now thin on the offensive line in the wake of Turner’s hand injury and Watson’s day-to-day status. Wednesday, Donald Stephenson and Allen Barbre both received time at practice at right tackle. Support for Siemian.  Siemian’s up-and-down game against the Giants in which he threw a career-high 376 yards but had a pair of brutal interceptions hasn’t cost him support from his coach. “Trevor is our quarterback. Right now we’re 3-2 and as a team we’re getting better,” Joseph said. “Nothing has been perfect. No one has been perfect, including myself. Absolutely, he’s our quarterback.” [...]
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Suspension on hold again, Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott returns to team
FRISCO, Texas — Ezekiel Elliott was back with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations on hold again after the star running back served a day of it waiting for another reprieve that eventually came. Last year’s NFL rushing leader left no doubt that he will keep fighting a legal battle that so far has lasted six weeks with hearings in three courts in three states. A fourth hearing — and the second in a New York court — should happen before the end of the month. “It’s fighting for your name, that’s what it is,” Elliott said. “I think my representatives have done a good job just going out there and fighting for me. It’s been a lot of hard work and it’s definitely a tough job. They’ve definitely served me well.” Elliott was granted his second temporary restraining order, this one from a New York judge , Tuesday night, clearing him to play Sunday at the San Francisco 49ers. He likely will be eligible the following week at Washington based on the court’s timeline for another hearing. The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended in August by Commissioner Roger Goodell after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations in the summer of 2016 with Tiffany Thompson, his girlfriend at the time. The NFL investigated after prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, decided not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, citing conflicting evidence. Elliott denied the allegations under oath during his NFL appeal. “When you get accused of something of that magnitude, you kind of get labeled as an abuser,” Elliott said Wednesday. “And that’s just not me, that’s not how I want to be seen. That’s not how I want to represent my family. It’s just important for me to fight.” Elliott’s teammates are behind him, even if it is a distraction. And at least one player is willing to acknowledge it is, along with owner Jerry Jones’ self-induced saga of threatening to bench players who don’t stand for the national anthem. Both issues percolated during the bye last week. “Just been some tough things going on,” linebacker Justin Durant said. “Obviously some stuff that’s out of our hands. Trying to deal with it the best way we can.” Elliott was suspended Tuesday when the Cowboys returned from their week off. The NFL placed him on the suspended list Friday, a day after a federal appeals court overturned a Texas court’s injunction that had kept Elliott on the field in Weeks 2-5. With the ruling in New York, Elliott didn’t miss any practice time. He was on the field for the first full workout Wednesday. “I don’t find it frustrating,” said quarterback Dak Prescott, who teamed with Elliott last year for a pair of remarkable rookie seasons that helped carry the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC. “I find that there’s nothing I really can do. Just as I said, we’ll take it week by week. And as of this week, he’s playing so that’s all we’re worried about.” The Cowboys (2-3) have already matched last season’s loss total, as has Prescott with his interceptions (four). Related Articles NFL Week 7 Preview: Key injuries throwing wrench in playoff races Roger Goodell: NFL not changing its national anthem policy Dallas Cowboys will host 2018 NFL draft at AT&T Stadium next April Cardinals RB Adrian Peterson back in London as star man For NFL quarterbacks, change is coming in a big way this offseason Since the 49ers are winless at 0-6, a return to the playoffs could get difficult if Dallas doesn’t win. But the outlook is already brighter than it was over the weekend, when the Cowboys were thinking they would have to find a way to rebound without their top running back until late November. “For us it’s really been status quo,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Control what we can control. We think Zeke’s done an excellent job of focusing on what he needs to do. We certainly try to do that as a football team. So nothing’s really changed from our perspective.” NOTES: DT Stephen Paea retired last week after consulting with medical staff over a knee injury the 29-year-old had been battling for several weeks. The Cowboys placed him on injured reserve and have yet to fill the roster spot. … All-Pro LB Sean Lee returned to practice during the bye and is expected to play against the 49ers after missing two games with a hamstring injury. [...]
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Hunter Sharp eager for chance to help Broncos team with injuries piling up at wide receiver
When Hunter Sharp was in his second season at Antelope Valley College in California, he and several teammates were visited by an assistant coach from Utah State named Mark Weber. As Weber went through a line of players shaking hands, Sharp knew what the coach was doing. “He wanted to see how tall you really were and how big your hands were,” Sharp said. So as Weber approached Sharp, the young wide receiver rose from his chair and slyly stood on the tips of his toes, opening his hand wide as he met Weber’s hand shake. “It’s nice to meet you, Coach,” the 5-foot-11 Sharp said with the confidence of a 6-footer. Weber indeed gave Sharp a shot at Utah State, and he’s turned it into a chance to show what he can do on an NFL stage. The Broncos signed Sharp off their practice squad Wednesday and told him he’ll be active Sunday when Denver visits the Los Angeles Chargers without the services of receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie, who are nursing ankle injuries sustained Sunday. The Broncos could also be without receiver Cody Latimer, who has missed the past two games with a knee injury and did not practice Monday. “I was happy to hear I was playing, but for it to be in L.A. — and I’m an L.A. native — it meant even more to me,” said Sharp, who will also be an option for the Broncos at punt returner Sunday, along with wide receiver Jordan Taylor. “The younger guys on this team are put in a position to where, if we have to come up, then it should be a smooth transition. Coach tells me to keep paying attention like I’m playing every week, and I keep doing that. It’s got me to where I am.” Sharp caught 137 passes for 1,774 yards and 16 touchdowns in two seasons at Utah State. He was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spent some time on the team’s practice squad. He joined Denver’s practice squad last December and later signed a futures contract with the team. He had six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos during the preseason. “He’s earned a spot to be on our practice squad and now be on our roster,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. “He’s a smart guy, very consistent, a great route runner with great ball skills. I’m looking forward to seeing him play.” The Broncos have already had issues on offense the past three weeks, averaging just 14 points per game during a 1-2 stretch. Now they are without their second-leading receiver in Sanders and their lead punt returner in McKenzie. And leading receiver Demaryius Thomas was hobbled during Sunday’s 23-10 loss to the Giants, briefly leaving the game in the third quarter with a right calf injury. Thomas did not practice Wednesday, but Joseph said he’ll be ready to play Sunday. That still means Bennie Fowler, the team’s third leading receiver with 13 catches for 140 yards, Taylor and now Sharp will have to make up ground against a Chargers team that has the NFL’s fourth-stingiest pass defense at 186 yards per game. The Broncos would like to run the ball more consistently and more efficiently than they did in Sunday’s 23-10 loss to the Giants, when they ran the ball 17 times for a season-low 46 yards. Still, a production void at the receiver position must be filled. “You just have to be ready to play,” said Fowler, who caught two touchdown passes in the Broncos’ season-opening 24-21 win over the Chargers. “We have some key players out right now. We have to get those guys healthy. But, me, D.T., (Taylor) and (Sharp) … you just have to be ready to go.” Related Articles Shane Ray, Jake Butt return to Broncos practice; LB Brandon Marshall added to injury list NFL Week 7 Preview: Key injuries throwing wrench in playoff races Can’t decide which player to rep? Broncos fans can now rotate jerseys week to week Broncos promote WR Hunter Sharp, add WR River Cracraft to practice team Broncos make moves to clear two roster spots, sign WR River Cracraft The Broncos, who signed former Washington State standout River Cracraft to the practice squad Wednesday to add further depth to the wide receiver spot, have still been looking for consistent production at the position outside of Thomas and the injured Sanders. No player besides those two — whether it be a wide receiver, tight end or running back — has posted back-to-back games of at least three catches. Offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has said that every eligible receiver who suits up for his offense has to be a target and 12 different players have caught a pass for the Broncos this season. But a consistent target Siemian can count on when he faces pressure or sees Thomas and Sanders draped in coverage has yet to emerge. He [...]
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Broncos-Chargers odds Week 7: Denver underdogs heading into Los Angeles
After opening slight favorites, the Denver Broncos are now underdogs against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Denver Broncos had opened 2.5 point favorites over the Los Angeles Chargers last week, but after an impressive comeback win over the Oakland Raiders by Los Angeles and an impressive choke job by Denver at home to the lowly New York Giants, the script has flipped. Denver is now a 1.5 point underdog to the Chargers. Frankly, that is fine by me. This team tends to thrive when they are underdogs and struggles as favorites. The Broncos knocked the Chargers on the heels early in their Week 1 matchup on Monday Night Football, but with a 24-7 lead in the fourth quarter they failed to generate any offense and the defense began to show cracks in their No Fly Zone. Philip Rivers made a few big plays scoring two touchdowns in the quarter to close the gap. That failure by the Broncos to generate any offense has now expanded to a multi-game stretch, which should be cause for major concern heading into this game. [...]
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Broncos making moves, and more likely to come
The Broncos came out of Sunday’s loss to the Giants battered, and appear set to make multiple transactions. According to Mike Klis of KUSA, the Broncos are releasing veteran defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin and putting offensive lineman Billy Turner on injured reserve. Rubin was a 16-game starter for the Seahawks last year, and signed with the Broncos in Week Two. [...]
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Broncos release Ahtyba Rubin, place Billy Turner on IR
The Broncos made a series of roster moves Tuesday. [...]
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