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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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Red Wings denounce use of logo at white nationalist rally
DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings say they are considering legal action to stop white nationalists from using their logo as part of a “disturbing” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The team said in a statement Saturday it “vehemently” disagrees with the rally and is in no way associated with it. The logo of the NHL club could be seen on items held by people at the rally. The Red Wings say they are “exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.” The team adds that it believes hockey is for everyone and celebrates the diversity of its fan base and the country. Related ArticlesAugust 13, 2017 Charlottesville victim: “She was there standing up for what was right” August 13, 2017 Alleged driver of car that plowed into Charlottesville crowd was a Nazi sympathizer, former teacher says August 13, 2017 Marshawn Lynch sits during national anthem in Arizona August 13, 2017 White House: Trump’s condemnation includes “white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups” August 13, 2017 Federal civil rights investigation into deadly car crash in Charlottesville begins, driver charged with second-degree murder There is a Michigan-based white nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings that uses the Red Wings’ logo. [...]
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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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[Mile High Sports] – Colorado Rapids battle to scoreless draw at FC Dallas | Mile High Sports
... nd save at the near post. Momentum slowly switched to Dallas’ favor, but the Rapids would stand firm defensively, in large part due to Tim Howard’s numerous sav ... [...]
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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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Nolan Arenado ejected as Rockies fall to Marlins
MIAMI — Rockies frustration reached a fever pitch Saturday night in a 4-3 loss to Miami at Marlins Park. All-star third baseman Nolan Arenado was ejected for throwing his bat to the ground in anger after striking out on a checked swing in the seventh inning. First-base umpire Pat Hoberg gave Arenado a quick thumb and Arenado raced down to first to plead his case. No matter. The ejection stood and Arenado got tossed for just the third time in his career. He was replaced by Pat Valaika. “I was mostly mad at myself, but I can see why he threw me out,” Arenado said. “I said some words I probably shouldn’t have said toward him, so I can see why I got thrown out. “I was just more upset at my at-bats tonight, especially that last one. I got mad and he threw me out. I’m not surprised. I didn’t mean it toward him, but then I saw the replay and I can definitely see why he threw me out.” Bench coach Mike Redmond, filling in for manager Bud Black, who was ill Saturday night, thought Hoberg made a mistake. “He told me that he’s been instructed to do that when a guys throws his bat and then looks at him,” Redmon said. “I explained to him, in the calmest voice that I have, that I thought he was wrong. … But the damage had already been done.” The overriding themes of the evening were the plight of the Rockies’ struggling offense, the jaw-dropping power of Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the Rockies’ mounting road woes. They fell to 30-30 away from home after losing for the 20th time in their last 26 road games. Colorado went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and is 3-for-27 with runners in scoring position four games into a five-game road trip. There was one ray of good news. Carlos Gonzalez collected his first RBI on the road since May 24 when he grounded out to second in the eighth, chasing home Mark Reynolds, to cut Miami’s lead to 4-3. Rockies infield prospect Ryan McMahon made his big-league debut in the eighth with two outs and runners at first and second, but he flew out to center fielder Christian Yelich. Asked about his team’s recent performance with runners in scoring position, Arenado  said: “Not good. We have to do better, all of us, including myself. I had a chance to drive in runs yesterday and again today. Everyone, from top to bottom, we need to be better.” Stanton blasted a three-run, speed-of-light homer off starter’s  Jeff Hoffman’s  hanging slider in the fourth, giving the Marlins a 4-1 lead. It was Stanton’s eighth homer in nine games and his 20th in his last 32 games. The ball came off his bat at 114 mph and Colorado left fielder Gerardo Parra barely moved as the ball sailed over his head. “With as hot as he is, you can’t afford to make a mistake like that,” Hoffman said. Related ArticlesAugust 12, 2017 Ryan Howard, former NL MVP, signs minor-league deal with Rockies August 12, 2017 Rockies manager Bud Black, feeling “under the weather,” to miss Saturday’s game with Marlins August 12, 2017 Saunders: RBIs help define Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, and he’s proud of it August 11, 2017 Rockies lose to Marlins as Jake McGee falters in the eighth inning August 11, 2017 Ryan McMahon, one of Rockies’ top prospects, called up to major-league club Meanwhile, the National League wild-card race continues to get muddier as September nears. Colorado entered the night as the NL’s top wild-card team, with a one-game edge over Arizona. Streaking St. Louis won its eighth consecutive game and has entered the picture as a challenger for either the NL Central title or a wild-card berth. The Cardinals are just 4 ½ games behind the Rockies. Hoffman was gone after five so-so innings, having surrendering four runs on seven hits, with three walks and only one strikeout. Redmond praised Hoffman for the way he “battled,” but acknowledge that Hoffman didn’t have his best stuff. Hoffman’s command was clearly off kilter even in the third inning when the Marlins loaded the bases on singles by Stanton, Christian Yelich and a four-pitch walk to J.T. Realmuto, who took exception to a fastball near his head and stared Hoffman down. But Hoffman escaped by getting Derek Deitrich to fly out to center, keeping the game tied 1-1. Colorado scored first, in the first. Charlie Blackmon (4-for-5) led off with a single and stole second base, his 10th swipe this season. Blackmon took third on a fly out and scored on Mark Reynolds’ single. Miami knotted the game in the bottom of the frame on a screeching double by Stanton, a walk by Yelich, a Hoffman wild pitch and an RBI groundout by Marcell Ozuna.   [...]
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Nats’ Bryce Harper leaves game with apparent left knee injury
WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals’ game against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night with an apparent left knee injury. While running out a ground ball to the right side of the infield in the first inning, Harper avoided contact with first baseman Ryder Jones and slipped on the base. His leg buckled, he went airborne and fell to the ground. Harper clutched at his left knee after going down and was attended to by trainers. The star outfielder put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off the field by hitting coach Rick Schu and head athletic trainer Paul Lessard. The game began just after 10 p.m. following a 3-hour rain delay. Harper was replaced by Andrew Stevenson, who took over in center field with Brian Goodwin moving to right. Scary moment in D.C. Bryce Harper suffers left leg injury and has to be helped off the field after slipping on first base. pic.twitter.com/rtsxIKOLWr — SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) August 13, 2017 Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, is hitting .327 with 26 home runs and 81 RBIs this season. He played in 103 of Washington’s first 113 games. Because of a bevy of injuries, the Nationals have used 12 outfielders this season. They have been without Adam Eaton since late April because of a torn ACL in his left knee that ended his season, Jayson Werth since early June because of a bruised left foot and Michael Taylor since July with a right oblique strain. The Nationals lead the NL East by 14 games despite those injuries and more to starters Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross, relievers Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover and shortstop Trea Turner, but a long-term injury to Harper would be devastating to their prospects in October. Related ArticlesAugust 12, 2017 Nolan Arenado ejected as Rockies fall to Marlins August 12, 2017 Ryan Howard, former NL MVP, signs minor-league deal with Rockies [...]
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Colorado ranks last in high school sports safety guidelines study
NEW YORK — A high school sports study conducted by the Korey Stringer Institute shows that many individual states are not fully implementing key safety guidelines to protect athletes from potentially life-threatening conditions, including heat stroke. More than 7.8 million high school students participate in sanctioned sports annually. KSI announced the results Tuesday at a news conference at NFL headquarters. The league partially sponsors the institute. The state-by-state survey showed North Carolina with the most comprehensive health and safety policies at 79 percent, followed by Kentucky at 71 percent. At the bottom were Colorado (23 percent) and California (26 percent). Those scores were based on a state meeting best practice guidelines addressing the four major causes of sudden death for that age group: cardiac arrest, traumatic head injuries, exertional heat stroke and exertional sickling occurring in athletes with sickle cell trait. Related ArticlesAugust 11, 2017 Early season Colorado prep golf forecast: Teams, players to watch in all three classes August 11, 2017 Bodie Hume’s explosive summer on the club circuit brings the Sterling senior a Division I opportunity August 11, 2017 High schooler dies when log falls on him during football drill in New York August 10, 2017 Q&A: Boulder soccer coach Hardy Kalisher breaks down his defending Class 5A champions August 9, 2017 Class 4A softball preview: Silver Creek, Valor Christian emerge as obvious preseason title favorites “The bottom line is that many simple policy changes can have a massive impact when a life is saved,” says Dr. Douglas Casa of KSI. “That is the goal of KSI in releasing these rankings, to prevent needless deaths in high school sports. We have had countless conversations with loved ones who have lost a child/sibling/grandchild/athlete. If these rankings can get more kids home for dinner instead of to a hospital or morgue, then we have succeeded.” The institute is a sports safety research and advocacy organization located at the University of Connecticut and named after the former Vikings star who died from exertional heat stroke in 2001. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death for the age range. Casa notes that progress is slow because most states only make a change after a tragedy. But he stresses that the policies KSI promotes are not difficult to adopt. “At least one state has adopted each individual item, and for many items, more than half of the states have the policy in place,” he explains. “So this tells us it is feasible (to maximize protection). Now we need to collectively get states to learn from their colleagues and adapt these (programs) in their own state. Our top state is at about 80 percent, showing that, with effort, these policies can be implemented.” Bob Gfeller lost his son, Matthew, at age 15 in 2008, after a traumatic brain injury while playing in his first high school football game. Gfeller is an executive vice president at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the executive director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. He found the wide range of results by state “enlightening.” Asked what can be done to get states to adopt more of the guidelines to protect high school athletes, Gfeller says: “Sharing of best practices amongst the state high school professionals. For each state to study where they are gapping and what other states who are scoring high are doing, so then to be able to determine how to close their gap.” In his field of expertise, exertional heat stroke, Casa notes that states that have adapted significant changes to heat acclimatization policies have not had such a death when the policies have been followed. “Keep in mind these policies are for the phasing in of initial practices in August,” Casa says. “Some of these states have still had exertional heat stroke deaths during summer conditioning in June/July or other times of the year, because they lack policies that govern these other circumstances.” To prevent death from EHS, it comes down to three things: — Prevention — heat acclimatization, modifying work/rest ratios based on environmental conditions, hydration, body cooling, etc.; — Recognition — being aware, acting quickly, rectal temperature; — Treatment — cold water immersion, cool first/transport second. Casa adds that the monetary cost of reaching the desired preventive measures is not high. “To be honest, you could get to 90 percent implementation with very little cost and effort,” he says. “Spending probably less than $5,000 per school could get you close to 90 points. You also would probably need a two-day meeting with the key state association officials to refine the details o [...]
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High schooler dies when log falls on him during football drill in New York
FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. — A high school football player lifting a large log with teammates as part of a Navy SEALs-style drill was hit in the head by the log and died Thursday, raising questions about adapting such military training to young athletes. Joshua Mileto, a 16-year-old Sachem East High School junior, and about five of his teammates were carrying the log overhead when the accident happened at a preseason exercise camp supervised by a half-dozen coaches, Suffolk County police said. The 5-foot-6, 134-pound wide receiver and defensive back was declared dead later at a hospital. Sachem East graduate Carlin Schledorn, who played football as a junior, said carrying the log — about 12 feet (3.7 meters) long and the diameter of a utility pole — was a “team building” exercise. Related ArticlesAugust 4, 2017 Q&A: Mullen football standout Adrian Jackson talks Mustangs’ prospects this fall, commitment to Oregon and more July 31, 2017 Colorado prep football coaching changes: Five new head honchos to watch this fall July 31, 2017 Chris Jones talks Windsor coaching return, Wizards’ 2017 prospects and more July 28, 2017 David Moore III poised for breakout sophomore season as Pine Creek aims for fourth Class 4A football title in five years July 21, 2017 Newman: Still no shortage of football riches at Valor Christian as two Division I talents battle for quarterback job “It’s very big. It’s like a tree, and it’s a challenge for people who weightlift,” he said. “Five or six people do it at once. I feel horrific for the team and coaches because I know them, and they are all great men.” School officials, including the head coach, did not comment on the exercise. A person at Mileto’s home declined to speak with reporters. Classmate Olivia Cassereli said Mileto “cared about everyone else.” “He put others before himself, and everyone loved him and was friends with him,” said Cassereli, who called him her best friend. Some colleges and other high schools around the country have incorporated log-carrying drills and other military-inspired exercises into their football preparations in recent years, sometimes bringing in SEALs to teach and motivate. Players at Indiana’s New Albany High School teamed up last month to tote 6-foot-long, 200-pound logs 2 miles from a local amphitheater to the school. SEALs and Green Berets trained the players first on how to lift the logs and carry them on their shoulders, coach Steve Cooley said. Accompanied by coaches and a police escort, the groups paused for water and put the logs down every one or two blocks, and each six-person squad had an extra man who could sub in if someone got tired. “The purpose was not to try to see how tough they are … the purpose was to accomplish a goal,” Cooley said. “It was very rewarding for all of us.” But after Mileto’s death on Thursday, sports safety expert Douglas Casa questioned the wisdom of having teenagers perform an exercise that involves carrying a heavy object and that was developed for Navy SEALs, “potentially a very different clientele.” “There’s so much potential for things to go wrong that I would really want people to think twice before doing something like that,” said Casa, executive director of the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute, which works to improve safety for athletes. Football, at all levels, has become more safety-conscious in recent years amid scrutiny of head injuries in the sport. In college football, for instance, the NCAA this year barred the two-a-day contact practices that coaches once used to toughen up their teams in the preseason, though many teams had ended them already. For high schools in Suffolk County, offseason practices are permitted as long as they are not mandated and are open to everyone, said Tom Combs, executive director of the athletic organization that oversees high school sports in the county. “What exercises that are conducted are the privy of the school district and individuals running the workouts,” he said. In an unrelated incident, another player fell and hit his head Wednesday at the school during training, police said. His injuries were not life-threatening. Sachem Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Graham extended condolences to Mileto’s family and friends and said support services will be offered “for as long as needed.” The team’s training officially starts Monday, and the football season starts in September. [...]
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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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