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Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem in Arizona
GLENDALE, Ariz. — In his first game in an Oakland Raider uniform, Marshawn Lynch didn’t play a down. Yet he provided the most vivid image of the night, sitting for the national anthem before the Raiders’ 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. The ex-Seattle running back, who came out of retirement to sign with his hometown Raiders, sat on an orange cooler with his arms resting on his knees, while others around him stood. Although he rarely talks to the media, Lynch has voiced support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s decision to kneel during the anthem last season to protest what he saw as a pattern of police mistreatment of people of color. Lynch was gone from the locker room by the time reporters arrived. Coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke to him about the issue after the game. “He said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,'” Del Rio said. The coach said that he told Lynch “just so you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing.” “So that’s a non-issue for me,” Del Rio said. Quarterback E.J. Manuel said he didn’t know Lynch hadn’t stood for the anthem. “Obviously, we all support Marshawn because he’s part of our team, but I think that is more of a personal thing,” Manuel said. “I can’t really comment on it too much.” Arizona dominated the game in the first half, building a 17-3 lead. Carson Palmer threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brittan Golden to cap his brief preseason debut, while Oakland quarterback Derek Carr watched the game from the sideline. Palmer, at age 37 beginning his 15th NFL season, directed Arizona on a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive to start the game. It looked as if the Cardinals were headed for a short field goal, but the Raiders were called for covering the snapper on the kick, giving Arizona a first down and setting up its opening TD. He would like to have played more than one series. “I thought I was going to get the first quarter,” Palmer said. “That’s what (coach Bruce Arians) said last night at the team meeting. I missed a couple. I missed a long one to Jaron (Brown) and wanted to kind of redeem myself. I didn’t get that chance. I’ve got to wait until next week.” Two of the Raiders’ top defensive players, All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack and linebacker Bruce Irvin, joined Carr and Lynch as spectators. While it was the preseason opener for Oakland, it was Arizona’s second outing. The Cardinals starters did not play in the team’s 20-18 loss to Dallas in the Hall of Fame Game. NO CARR: Carr had been expected to see his first action since breaking his right leg in a game last Christmas Eve, but Del Rio chose to have his starter sit out the opener. “It was my decision,” Del Rio said. “There were several guys that didn’t play and that was one of them. We’ll get ready for next week.” BACKUP BATTLE: Manuel got the start at quarterback for Oakland and had a strong showing in his battle with Connor Cook for the backup job. Manuel completed 10 of 12 passes for 107 yards. Cook played the entire second half, going 10 of 21 for 81 yards. CARDINALS QBs: Drew Stanton, who appears to have a firm hold on the backup quarterback job despite the addition of Blaine Gabbert, had a strong first half in relief of Palmer. Stanton, Palmer’s backup for the past four seasons, completed 11 of 15 passes for 112 yards, including a 7-yard TD pass to tight end Troy Niklas. Gabbert played most of the second half, completing 5 of 9 passes for 53 yards. JUST WATCHING: Neither of Oakland’s two top draft picks played. Cornerback Gareon Conley, the first-round pick, and the second rounder, safety Obi Melifonwu, are nursing injuries. Arizona wide receiver John Brown, slowed by a quadriceps issue, did not play. OFFENSE RESTS: The only members of Oakland’s first-team offense to play were tackles Marshall Newhouse and Vadal Alexander. QUOTABLE: “That’s where I’m from. That was very tough to see. Not to get all into politics, but just the division that we’re seeing in our country is saddening and we’ve got to get it figured out,” Manuel, who comes from Virginia Beach, Virginia, on the violent events in his home state on Saturday. [...]
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Seahawks’ Michael Bennett sits for national anthem before preseason game
While his teammates stood and locked arms on the sideline as the national anthem played before Sunday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Carson, Calif., Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett sat alone on the bench. Bennett’s act came one day after his former teammate, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, sat on a cooler during the national anthem before a preseason game against the Cardinals. Like Lynch, who didn’t speak publicly about his move after Saturday’s game, the outspoken Bennett has been a vocal supporter of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who faced criticism for kneeling during pregame renditions of the national anthem last season to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Kaepernick opted out of the final year of his contract with the 49ers in March, knowing that he would’ve been released by the team he led to the Super Bowl in 2013 if he hadn’t elected to do so, and he remains without a job. Many, including Bennett, believe Kaepernick’s protests are the reason he’s still a free agent. Related ArticlesAugust 13, 2017 Seahawks win 48-17 in Chargers’ debut game at StubHub Center August 13, 2017 Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem in Arizona August 11, 2017 Ryan Tannehill to have knee surgery and miss season August 11, 2017 Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended 6 games in domestic case August 11, 2017 Ezekiel Elliott suspension appears imminent “Of course he’s being blackballed,” Bennett said on a New York radio station in June. “Nobody likes race and politics in sports. I think that’s one of those things that nobody wants to talk about, and for him to bring race and politics in sports, I think it struck a lot of people the wrong way. . . . You watch the people that really watch football, it’s middle America, and the people that buy tickets to the game aren’t really African American people, and for him to bring that into that crowd was one thing that people felt like shouldn’t have been there.” Bennett, who is co-authoring a book titled “How To Make White People Uncomfortable” and met up with Kaepernick at the quarterback’s Know Your Rights Camp in June, campaigned for the Seahawks to sign Kaepernick to back up Russell Wilson this offseason. Seattle signed Austin Davis instead. Lynch was out of the NFL last season, but was asked about Kaepernick’s protests during an interview with Conan O’Brien in September. “My take on it is, [stuff], it got to start somewhere and if that was the starting point, I just hope people open up their eyes and see that it’s really a problem going on and something needs to be done for it to stop,” Lynch said. “If you really not racist, then you won’t see what [Kaepernick is] doing as a threat to America, but just addressing a problem that we have.” [...]
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Seahawks win 48-17 in Chargers’ debut game at StubHub Center
CARSON, Calif. — Philip Rivers’ sharp throw found Antonio Gates in the middle of the end zone, and StubHub Center shook with cheers from fans who were thrilled to see this familiar teamwork in a brand-new setting. Although the rest of this preseason opener belonged to the Seattle Seahawks, at least the Los Angeles Chargers opened their new home with a classic San Diego connection. Rivers threw a 5-yard scoring pass to Gates on the opening drive of the Chargers’ first preseason game since relocation, but the Seahawks’ backups otherwise dominated a 48-17 victory Sunday night. The Chargers had 21,054 fans in their tidy new home for the first game of a three-year residency at 27,000-seat StubHub Center. The team moved 111 miles north into a stadium built for soccer, yet providing an undeniably intimate NFL experience for fans. “The atmosphere was great,” Gates said. “I really wasn’t expecting a full house. I assumed that Seattle would bring their fans, and we would have some Los Angeles fans that would be there to support us. I was more anxious to see what we were about as a team.” Rivers and his first-team offense were excellent, marching 75 yards in 13 plays capped by Gates’ TD catch. Although many things are changing for the Chargers this season in LA, they’ve still got Rivers and Gates going into their 14th year as teammates. “You’re talking about countless hours and hard work and practicing with anticipation of certain looks,” Gates said. “The balance we had that first drive, it was great to get off to the right start.” The rest of the night was more impressive for Seattle. The Chargers’ revamped defense clearly has work to do under new coordinator Gus Bradley after giving up 459 yards to the Seahawks, whose reserves mostly got off to a stellar start. “Really good first night for us in a lot of ways,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “It started off with the defense not getting off the field the way we like to see them do. After that, I think we played pretty good football, save one play or so.” Russell Wilson led the Seahawks to a field goal in his only drive with Seattle’s first-team offense. The rest of Seattle’s 34-point first half was a showcase for its backup defense, which forced three turnovers, and a solid second-team offense led by Trevone Boykin, who passed for 189 yards. “He did beautifully,” Carroll said. “Threw the ball really well. Moved well, made some plays with his feet. Just was in really good command of what was going on.” Terence Garvin returned a tipped interception 37 yards for a Seattle TD, and Chris Carson cashed in a 1-yard TD run after LA’s Kellen Clemens fumbled a handoff with Andre Williams. Clemens threw a 74-yard TD strike to speedy Travis Benjamin, but Rivers’ backup also had two interceptions on deflected passes. “We turned the ball over and put our defense in poor positions early,” Anthony Lynn said after his first game as the Chargers’ new coach. “I thought we started well. I didn’t like it when the (second-stringers) came in. We stopped playing Charger football.” COZY CONFINES: A year after the Los Angeles Rams drew 89,140 to the Coliseum for their homecoming preseason game at the cavernous Coliseum, the Chargers had 21,054 in their tidy new home. But StubHub Center appears to fulfill the Chargers’ promise to provide a unique place to watch football. The smallest stadium in the NFL has exceptional sight lines and remarkable closeness to the field — and the Chargers Cannon is really loud when the home team scores. “From a player’s perspective, you want to have that home-field advantage type of feel,” said LaDainian Tomlinson, the Chargers Hall of Famer and a special assistant to owner Dean Spanos. “The kind of Seattle feeling that they have, the 12th Man, trying to feel something similar for this place, I think it would be a success for everyone if that could happen.” Related ArticlesAugust 13, 2017 Seahawks’ Michael Bennett sits for national anthem before preseason game August 13, 2017 Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem in Arizona August 11, 2017 Ryan Tannehill to have knee surgery and miss season August 11, 2017 Dallas RB Ezekiel Elliott suspended 6 games in domestic case August 11, 2017 Ezekiel Elliott suspension appears imminent BENNETT SITS: Pro Bowl defensive lineman Michael Bennett remained seated on the Seahawks’ bench with a towel on his head during the national anthem. INJURIES Chargers: Linebacker Denzel Perryman left the field on a cart after Los Angeles’ first defensive series with a left ankle injury. The Chargers were crushed by injuries in each of the past two [...]
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Broncos defensive end Wolfe hurts right ankle during drills
The Denver Broncos appeared Saturday to have dodged a huge hit to their battered defensive line: Derek Wolfe's right ankle injury apparently isn't as serious as first thought. "Great news," cornerback Aqib Talib said. The sixth-year defensive end was carted off the field after he got tangled up with right tackle Menelik Watson on the second snap of team drills. [...]
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Broncos' Derek Wolfe leaves practice with right leg injury
CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Defensive end Derek Wolfe exited Saturday's practice with a right ankle injury, sending tremors into the final workout open to fans at Dove Valley.  Coach Vance Joseph remained cautiously optimistic. "We are not sure how bad. We are kind of assuming it's not that bad," said Joseph.  Wolfe will undergo an MRI, leaving the team holding their breath until the final results.  A versatile inside force who plays with an edge, Wolfe tangled legs with starting right tackle Menelik Watson on a running play moments after team drills started. Wolfe left the field in a cart with his right leg straight out as he leaned back. Upon leaving the cart, he limped into the locker room with the [...]
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Broncos Training Camp Quick Hits: Day 12
A "dodged bullet" for Derek Wolfe, a promising step forward for Todd Davis, and a full-pad session to close out training camp. All of that and more from Saturday at UCHealth Training Center. [...]
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Broncos Training Camp Day 12 Takeaways: Depth forced into action on D-line
With Billy Winn out for the season and Derek Wolfe injured, Zach Kerr's role is certain to increase ... and how the competition on the O-line is heating up as camp ends. [...]
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Broncos rookie WR Carlos Henderson to have thumb surgery
Injuries on both sides of the ball continue to pile up for the Broncos. Broncos rookie receiver and kickoff returner Carlos Henderson suffered a thumb injury in Thursday’s preseason game at Chicago and will undergo a procedure Sunday to determine the severity and repair it, an NFL source confirmed. The team will not know a timetable for his return until after the procedure. 9News first reported Henderson’s injury. Henderson injured his thumb early in the win over the Bears and though he tried to play through the pain, it affected his play. Related ArticlesAugust 12, 2017 The Broncos have a problem, and they couldn’t be happier about it. August 12, 2017 Timeline for veteran RB Jamaal Charles’ Broncos debut still unclear August 12, 2017 Broncos fans set training camp attendance record in 2017 August 12, 2017 Broncos DE Derek Wolfe carted off practice field, suffers ankle sprain August 12, 2017 Aqib Talib talks HOF, Broncos add new face to DL, jobs still open on O-line He played eight snaps at receiver and had one catch for 7 yards. He also played 12 special teams snaps and returned three kickoffs for 47 yards. Henderson did not practice Saturday or participate in the Broncos’ afternoon walkthrough as he underwent further evaluation on his thumb. [...]
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Timeline for veteran RB Jamaal Charles’ Broncos debut still unclear
Jamaal Charles did not play in the Broncos’ preseason opener at Chicago on Thursday. And it is unclear if the veteran running back will suit up Saturday at San Francisco. “I’m not sure yet,” coach Vance Joseph said when asked if Charles would play against the 49ers. Charles, signed to a one-year contract by the Broncos in the offseason after spending his first nine seasons with AFC West rival Kansas City, remains one of Denver’s biggest question marks as the team enters its final month of preparations before the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers. Though his full-team repetitions have been elevated during the past week, Charles has still seen limited action as he continues to recover from multiple knee surgeries the last two years. The man who has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in a season five times insists he is not feeling pressure as roster decisions creep closer. “I don’t think I have to prove anything,” he said. “… People know what I can do. I feel confident. Whatever Coach Vance (Joseph) and the trainers say, that’s their direction. I’m just out here every day just getting healthy and getting my craft ready and preparing to play whenever.” Joseph said the Broncos will “probably” need to see Charles, whose one-year deal could reach $3.75 million with incentives, play in the preseason before making a roster decision with the running back. Related ArticlesAugust 12, 2017 The Broncos have a problem, and they couldn’t be happier about it. August 12, 2017 Broncos rookie WR Carlos Henderson to have thumb surgery August 12, 2017 Broncos fans set training camp attendance record in 2017 August 12, 2017 Broncos DE Derek Wolfe carted off practice field, suffers ankle sprain August 12, 2017 Aqib Talib talks HOF, Broncos add new face to DL, jobs still open on O-line “He’ll eventually play,” Joseph said. “It depends on the (doctors) and how he’s feeling.” Charles said he has experienced no setbacks as he’s gradually participated more in practice this month. He has made a concerted effort, he said, to run on his right side and cut off the knee that has been wrapped in a brace and was operated on as recently as November. “I’m out here,” he said. “Whenever they throw me in the fire, I’m going to be ready.” [...]
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The Broncos have a problem, and they couldn’t be happier about it.
The Broncos have a problem that started with the NFL draft in April and was complicated by a pair of phone calls in the ensuing months, first to Kansas City and then to Natchez, Miss. It’s a welcome problem — one that teams strive to have and one the Broncos are cherishing for the remaining days of training camp and the preseason. But it’s one they soon will have to solve. With the selection of sixth-round draft pick De’Angelo Henderson, the signings of veterans Jamaal Charles and Stevan Ridley and the returns of C.J. Anderson, Devontae Booker (when healthy) and Juwan Thompson, the Broncos’ once-dormant running game has seemingly been revived with a unique blend of talent. The preseason opener at Chicago on Thursday was a test of patience as the Broncos continue to work through the kinks of a new scheme and search for the starter at multiple positions, none more significant than quarterback. But among the more promising aspects was their ground game, which gained 106 yards (4.1 per-carry average) against the Bears and included the winning 41-yard touchdown run by Henderson late in the fourth quarter. “What we saw tonight is what he’s been since we drafted the guy in the spring,” first-year Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said of Henderson after the 24-17 victory over the Bears. “So I’m not surprised to see that tonight.” For the past two years, the Denver running game has failed to launch in the way general manager John Elway envisioned. But this season — thanks in large part to a remade offensive line whose pride is tied to run blocking — sure has the potential to be the charm and the key to supporting Denver’s quarterbacks and still-developing offense. “From what I watched on film to what I see now, it’s a different attitude,” Joseph said. “In my opinion, it’s the offensive line that has made the most improvement. Now, running back-wise, adding Jamaal Charles and adding a guy like Ridley, that obviously makes you better. It makes the competition tough in that room.” Subway and second chances Training camp opened with a setback. Booker, Denver’s No. 2 running back who had been pushing to be No. 1, suffered a fractured wrist. A pair of screws would fix him, but the Broncos couldn’t fill his void on the field for the remainder of camp and the preseason. Enter Ridley, a free agent who spent four years with the New England Patriots and topped 1,200 yards rushing in 2012 but started only six games over the last three years because of injuries. His shot at a career revival was offered July 27. “I told my mom about it at Subway,” he said with a laugh. “A small country town in Natchez, Miss., there’s not too many options. You’ve got Wendy’s, McDonald’s and pretty much Burger King, so Subway takes it.” Related ArticlesAugust 12, 2017 Timeline for veteran RB Jamaal Charles’ Broncos debut still unclear August 12, 2017 Broncos rookie WR Carlos Henderson to have thumb surgery August 12, 2017 Broncos fans set training camp attendance record in 2017 August 12, 2017 Broncos DE Derek Wolfe carted off practice field, suffers ankle sprain August 12, 2017 Aqib Talib talks HOF, Broncos add new face to DL, jobs still open on O-line Then he drove three hours to New Orleans, boarded a plane to Denver and worked out for Joseph, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and running backs coach Eric Studesville inside the Broncos’ field house. Then he signed on a dotted line, suited up in a No. 47 practice jersey and took the field for his first walkthrough. All in a day’s work. The next morning, Ridley announced his arrival after throwing on shells and a helmet. He “flashed” — a term Denver coaches have used often to describe their rushers — showing his ability to find his holes at the line and power through them. Ridley said he wanted to provide “stability” to the running backs room, but he has been a welcome disruption — and a contender for a coveted roster spot. “He’s a pro,” Studesville said. “He approaches this the professional way. And he knows the great opportunity that’s sitting here. We’re very excited about him.” The Broncos also are excited about Charles, once an AFC West nemesis as a Kansas City Chiefs star who signed a one-year contract in May to fit with Joseph’s theme of infusing the offense with speed. Charles didn’t play Thursday against the Bears, but he is expected to take the field at some point in preseason as he eases his way back from knee surgeries that hindered his last two years in the league. He says his troublesome knees no longer are a concern. The Broncos hope he’s right. “I don&r [...]
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It's still a 2-man race for the Denver Broncos' QB job
Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch don't need to worry about anyone but each other. Heading into the zenith of their QB competition next week, they can rest assured the Broncos brass has their backs even as fans fret over the duo's oft-times ho-hum jockeying for the job. Neither quarterback was particularly inspiring in the Broncos' 24-17 win at Chicago in their preseason opener Thursday night - particularly in comparison to Bears rookie Mitch Trubisky, who threw for 166 yards and led three scoring drives. [...]
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Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch Preseason Week 1 highlights
Denver Broncos quaterback Trevor Siemian and quarterback Paxton Lynch compete for the starting quarterback job in week one of the preseason. [...]
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Next-Day Notebook: Menelik Watson learns tough lesson
Menelik Watson gave up a sack on the first offensive play of Thursday's game, but it was his response that mattered more. [...]
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