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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.

Kai Forbath finished last season as their kicker, but he’ll likely have training camp competition.

Patterson was an All-Pro returner, but the Vikings have options for replacing him. Treadwell will get a chance to take the kickoff return job. Marcus Sherels ran back two punts for touchdowns. Diggs is as explosive as it gets but also spent much of last year hurt, and they’d rather save him for his primary job. Rookie Cheap Jerseys Mastercard wide receivers Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley might find rosters spot this way.

Kai Forbath finished last season as their kicker, but he’ll likely have training camp competition. Punter Ryan Quigley came in free agency after Jeff Locke went to the Colts.

A lot has to come together for the Vikings’ offense to fulfill its potential, and the vision Zimmer and Shurmur have for it. If it does, they are in position to take over the NFC North; the Packers, Lions and (since they have to be included) Bears have significant flaws. But the Vikings have just as big an “if” as their division foes.

Last year’s team gave up more points (429) than all but three teams in the league, but the rest of the numbers suggest this was an outlier. The Chargers gave up only 5.4 yards per play, a figure that ranked 12th among defenses. Other key stats like opponent third down percentage (17th), yards per rush (7th), and yards per completion (18th) show this defense was significantly better than the scoreboard indicated in 2016. In fact, a high variance in opponent’s defensive touchdowns — foes scored 30 points directly from turnovers last fall — was a Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop culprit in the team’s scoring disparity.

Los Angeles plays in a division known for defense, thanks to the presence of superstar players like Von Miller, Khalil Mack, and Eric Berry. The Chargers, on the other hand, have just one defender who made it to the Pro Bowl last season: NFL interception leader Casey Hayward.