Lions owner Martha Ford asks players not to kneel during anthem

Demonstrations during the national anthem took center stage around the NFL last week after President Donald Trump made negative comments about the individuals choosing to kneel.

This week, Lions owner Martha Ford asked her team to remain standing during the anthem before a matchup against the Vikings, according to The Detroit Free Press.

Late Tuesday, Gronkowski didn’t indicate his availability would be in question when he talked about the quick turnaround for a Thursday night game.

“It’s definitely a challenge. It’s tough to already play a game Sunday and then be ready again for the following Sunday,” he said. “As I get older, too, I just see the difference, too. Just to prepare for a Thursday night game is totally a lot different.

“You’re on top of it right away. You’ve got to be on top of your body right away, starting yesterday, maybe do some overtime extra stuff tonight. But to be ready, to be prepared, you’ve got to go full in this week. Then in the back of your head you’ve got some rest over the weekend. So just go full in, getting ready for the game Thursday night, and you’ll be good.”

Entering Thursday night’s game, Gronkowski led the Patriots with 318 Cheap Jerseys Mastercard receiving yards this season. He also had 20 receptions and two touchdown catches in the Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale first four games.

The Patriots expect Gronkowski and running back Rex Burkhead (ribs) to be ready for their next game in 10 days against the New York Jets, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Week 2 NFL Power Rankings: Overreaction edition

The New England Patriots were the heavy favorites heading into the season, but with a loss in their opener, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are now outside the top three.

The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t reached the AFC Championship Cheap Pro Jerseys in 24 years and haven’t played in a Super Bowl since the merger. By the early looks of it, the Football Power Index’s Week 2 leader has a fighting chance to change that history.

The 2017 NFL season is finally here. After Thursday night’s appetizer between the Chiefs and Patriots, we’re getting the main course of Week 1 with 12 games scheduled on Sunday. There were originally 13 before the Buccaneers/Dolphins game was moved to Week 11 due to Hurricane Irma.

One of the most intriguing contests of the early slate features a potential playoff preview between the Raiders and Titans. Last year, Oakland reached the playoffs for the first time since 2002, led by Derek Carr and Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack. The Titans went 9-7 and loaded up the offense with the additions of Eric Decker and Corey Davis, giving Marcus Mariota more weapons to work with. Both teams sport young, exciting talent, making this a must-see game.

Another early game to watch for will be the Eagles traveling to Washington in an NFC East showdown. The Eagles are hoping for big things from second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, while Washington needs Kirk Cousins to have another strong year after losing DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency. Both teams missed Cheap Queensland Reds Jerseys the playoffs last year and there will be no margin for error in a competitive division.

Dan Bailey puts the Cowboys in a comfortable position heading into halftime after hitting a 42-yard field goal.

Dak Prescott hits Jason Witten for a touchdown on a 12-yard pass to pull the Cowboys ahead by two possessions.

The Giants’ defense held again, with Olivier Vernon sacking Dak Prescott on third down. Dan Bailey put the 48-yard field goal attempt right down the middle.

Dak Prescott was 2 of 4 on the Cowboys’ first drive and rushed two times for 7 yards. The Cowboys got two first downs, but had to punt. The Giants take over at their own 5-yard line.

Eli Manning was sacked on third down, while the Giants were introducing themselves:

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr signed a five-year contract worth $125 million in June, making him the highest-paid QB in the league before Matthew Stafford surpassed him this week. The Raiders Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys hope he’s worth every penny and if he can lead his team to the Super Bowl before they leave Oakland, it will be hard to argue Carr as one of the NFL’s overpaid players. Baltimore’s Joe Flacco also has a rich deal at over $24 million, but he does have that Super Bowl ring to go with it.

Who are the most overpaid players? We’ve identified five guys who are essentially stealing money from their respective teams.

Elliott’s appeal hearing began last Tuesday and reportedly ran through Thursday. There was no timetable for when the NFL would make its decision on whether to reduce his suspension. ESPN’s Adam Schefter Cheap Orioles Jerseys reported Thursday that Henderson was “under pressure” to reach a decision quickly.

The Vikings needed just three plays to march 74 yards for the first touchdown of the game.

Sam Bradford to Stefon Diggs. Again. The Vikings’ QB put the ball where it needed to be, and the receiver made an impressive catch while getting both feet down in-bounds on the side of the Cheap Mitchell And Ness Jerseys end zone. The score capped a massive 10-play, 95-yard drive that took just 1:40 and left three seconds on the first-half clock. 16-6, Saints.

It was all Sam Bradford. An incredible completion into a tight window by Bradford set up the score on the next play: an 18-yard completion off play-action to Stefon Diggs on a corner route in the end zone. 10-6, Vikings.

“Philip Rivers is a Hall of Fame quarterback,” Broncos pass rusher Von Miller said Thursday. “I feel like he’s done an incredible job with the type of players that he’s had over the years. He has a very talented team this year. I feel like this Chargers team is probably the most talented Chargers team that I’ve played against in my time in the league.”

The Chargers prioritized the offensive line in the offseason and grabbed wide receiver Mike Williams in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. If they finally gets some good injury luck and a strong sophomore season from Joey Bosa, they could be a much better team.

One of the pillars of this training gets at the reason Rausch started Vision Pursue in the first place. Most people, Rausch explains, don’t abide by an “expanding A” view of the world, meaning they derive their sense of self-worth from their accomplishments, leading to an existence in which they can never truly be satisfied … Quinn says this problem describes him in a nutshell. “I was always this person that was looking to the next and the next,” he says. “Sometimes, I think I missed out on the present moment, on the experiences I had and the jobs I Cheap NFL Jerseys From China had that were so much fun.”

Roger Goodell, NFL community support Michael Bennett following his encounter with Las Vegas police

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett posted a letter to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon detailing an encounter he had with police in Las Vegas last month. In it, Bennett wrote an officer “placed his gun near my head and warned me that if I moved he would “blow my f—ing head off.” You can read his full letter below, but WARNING: It contains explicit language.

Whatever decision is made at quarterback, the offensive line remains broken and the depth chart compromised. That makes for a volatile mix liable to explode with additional agitation.

“No, I’m not waiting to have that conversation,” Savage said. “I don’t think he (O’Brien) owes either of us any explanation. We just have to be ready. That’s called being a professional.”

The Bengals aren’t in the position to scoff at the Texans’ struggles. In absorbing a home shutout loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati mustered a measly 221 total yards on 58 plays.

The Jets face an uphill climb to be respectable.

New York couldn’t run and couldn’t stop the run, which were supposed to be two of the team’s strengths.

The running back tandem of Bilal Powell and Matt Forte combined for 38 yards rushing. The defense gave up 190 yards rushing, including 110 to LeSean McCoy, who consistently beat New York’s defenders around the edge.

“Missed assignments. Missed assignments,” coach Todd Bowles said, repeating the Cheap Jerseys Cn phrase on several occasions. “We’re not going to hang our heads. We’re going to get ready and not make the Cheap Jerseys China same mistakes next week.”

Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones suffered what might be a season-ending knee injury in the 40-38 loss to the Giants.

That’s because Bortles — who didn’t win the first-string job as much as backup Chad Henne failed to capture it — and his teammates kept their composure by driving 51 yards for a Jason Myers field goal.

“We knew it was going to be a crazy atmosphere,” Fowler said. “There were a lot Cheap Hockey Jerseys For Sale of great guys who did a lot of great things for that city and our prayers go out to everybody in Houston who suffered from that hurricane.

“But we’re going through it, too (with Hurricane Irma). We’re not going to go out feeling sorry for Houston because they had the hurricane. We didn’t care about that. We wanted to shut them down and get that first win to build our confidence.”

Jones, who is also the team’s primary kick returner, will have an MRI Friday morning.

Seattle’s DeAndre Elliott, a second-year cornerback from Colorado State, was carted off the field against the Raiders with a right ankle injury.

Jaguars receiver Dede Westbrook wrapped up a superb preseason with six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville’s 13-7 win over the Falcons. The fourth-round pick from Oklahoma finishes the preseason as the NFL’s leading receiver with 13 receptions for 288 yards and two touchdowns.

Steelers quarterback Josh Dobbs, a fourth-round pick from Tennessee, was 16 of 23 for 212 yards and a touchdown against the Panthers. He also ran for the game-winning touchdown with two seconds Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys remaining in Pittsburgh’s 17-14 win.

NFL files appeal of Ezekiel Elliott injunction

The NFL has fought doggedly to preserve the six-game suspension Roger Goodell issued to Ezekiel Elliott. The latest step in that lengthy process is appealing the decision of a federal court in Texas to grant an injunction that will let Elliott play until his lawsuit against the NFL is completed. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league took that step Monday morning.

And then Thursday night happened, when Kansas City hung 42 on New England.

That 42-27 win wasn’t driven by pick-sixes or fluky special teams plays that FPI sees as minimally predictive. No, it was a traditional offensive beatdown.

Quarterback Alex Smith chucked a couple deep touchdowns and was ruthlessly efficient with his usual short passes, altogether earning him a Total QBR of 91.8 for the game, second-best of Week 1. Passing plays that involved receiver Tyreek Hill were overwhelmingly positive. And while the ground attack didn’t add much from an expected points standpoint, rookie running back Kareem Hunt proved to be an asset in the passing game.

The Chiefs’ offense’s unit efficiency — a clutch-weighed version of expected points per play — was second-best in the league in Week 1, behind only the Vikings. That was pretty meaningful given that Cheap Jerseys China heading into the contest FPI considered the Kansas City to have the 10th-best offense compared to the Patriots’ second-best Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys defense in the NFL (although it downgraded the Patriots’ defense all the way to 16th after Week 1).

What’s more, Kansas City accomplished all that on the road.

1 thing new NFL fans should know about all 32 teams

So you’ve decided to become an NFL fan, but you don’t know where to begin. Don’t let the number of teams, all with their own rich history, overwhelm you. You only need to know one thing about each team before making a serious (or perhaps just a casual) commitment to one of them.

Many factors go into picking an NFL team to follow. Some people have a favorite player, and some just love the uniforms. Others choose a team based on geographic proximity or the quality of play.

This is important for the offense because a) it defines the mismatches, and b) it eliminates a wide range of pressure options. If you’re in man-to-man coverage, it’s hard to bring pressure unless you play zero coverage, with no safety in the middle of the field. So there are actually simple giveaways to the coverages if you look closely enough. These giveaways are all in the formations and motions.

But at the same time, I don’t want that line to slide to me. By doing that, I really have to show a different stagger (stance) every time. I show four or five different stances of me coming, me not coming. I’m going to be in there, I’m not going to be in there, because I like to make some plays, some sacks now. I finally got my first couple.

The biggest surprise for the Texans was simply that head coach Bill O’Brien put Deshaun Watson in the game at all. Yes, the Texans’ offense was struggling and Tom Savage was unable to elude the pressure the Jaguars were bringing, but O’Brien spent all offseason and Cheap Jerseys America training camp saying Savage was the Texans’ starting quarterback and that Watson needed more time to develop. It will be telling Cheap Hockey Jerseys to see who O’Brien names his starter for Thursday night.

NBA Summer League schedule 2017: Times, TV channels, and live stream for Wednesday in Las Vegas

NBA fans were treated to some fast-paced action during the five-day Las Vegas Summer League. Now, they will get to watch the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs, which begins Wednesday evening. This is a single-elimination tournament where the first losing teams will get a chance to play one final consolation game. You can always look at the bracket, too.

Each player participating in the Summer League action will continue to show fans that they deserve to play on an NBA roster. They all have different skill sets that would make coaches around the league happy.

Jazz forward Eric Griffin has been a stat-sheet stuffer over the past two games, averaging 15 points, 10.5 rebounds, and four blocks. Griffin, 27, went undrafted in 2012 and has played overseas and in the NBA G league since then. Griffin can carve out a roster spot in the NBA if he keeps playing like this.

Bucks shooting guard Rashad Vaughn averaged 16.5 points over the last two games and has been playing really well over the summer. Like Griffin, Vaughn has a chance to make an NBA roster by maintaining his level of play.

Suns fans have to be impressed with rookie forward Josh Jackson, who averaged 17 points and 11.5 rebounds over the previous two games. Jackson, the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, has the length and strength to terrorize opposing players on the court. He can crash the glass on both ends of the floor, and he bulldozes his way to the basket for easy shots. Jackson has a lot of potential.

Even though Sacramento received quality production out of rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox, rookie forward Justin Jackson is averaging 16.5 points over the last two games. Jackson is a prolific scorer with length and athleticism. He’s skilled enough to create his own Cheap Pirates Jerseys shots and maneuver his way to the basket. Look for him Cheap Qld School Basketball Jerseys to have a strong performance against Phoenix.

The Cavaliers are a favorite against 29 out of 30 teams in the league.

The next move is where it gets complicated. The easy suggestion is to move Terry Rozier in a trade that brings back nothing, aka a salary dump. But even that doesn’t clear enough space. Same with trading Demetrius Jackson. Either of those moves would leave the Celtics still short of max space for Hayward.

So, that brings us to the tough decision. Most likely, both to clear space and return an asset or two, Boston will have to move on from one of their bulldogs: Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder or Marcus Smart. All three have become beloved in Boston for their defense, work ethic and hard-nosed attitude. Each embodies what Celtics fans love most in players. That makes it hard to envision trading any of them, but once again it is a necessary evil. You have to give to get. If it softens the blow any, think of it as trading one of these three for Hayward and whatever they get in return for Bradley, Crowder or Smart.

The Cavaliers are a favorite against 29 out of 30 teams in the league. Kyrie Irving is only getting better, and Kevin Love is a great, versatile option to have at power forward.

It might take an injury bug or a bit of luck to best the Warriors again in the Finals, but that’s better than doing it in the Western Conference Finals.

A lot can happen over the next calendar year, but if the Cavaliers run into the Warriors again without putting up any resistance, James may seek out greener pastures.

Teams can find a way to open up cap space and sign James outright. Even if he considers Los Angeles, the Lakers can build a team around him with a co-star like Paul George and/or any number of other marquee players on the market.

The East won’t be enough to hold James down in Cleveland after a while. He won’t lock himself into a situation where he can’t compete — just ask the Heat. James will do what’s best Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa for him next Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys summer, and that might be walking away from home for a second time.