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Kaepernick, who no longer has a job with any NFL team, began Arizona Cardinals Jerseys kneeling during the anthem in the preseason a year ago to make a statement about social inequality and police treatment of blacks in the United States.

A handful of players had carried on what Kaepernick started; a half-dozen engaged in some form of protest last week.

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“In the first couple weeks of this year, it was a handful of people expressing themselves. We defended their right to do that,” Lockhart said. “There were a whole lot of people this weekend doing that, and the only thing that has changed were some comments from someone who lives in Washington.”

As for what happens now, Miami Dolphins guard Jermon Bushrod hoped the discussion and attention generated by the past few days can lead to some good.

“You can’t do something and have no action behind it. Now we have to figure out what’s the next step,” said Bushrod, who stood arm-in-arm with teammates for the anthem before Miami’s loss to the New York Jets.

“The tone and the delivery of everything from the President was kind of divisive. It angered a lot of people,” Bushrod said. “We’re just trying to bring awareness to something that needs to be cleared up. Nobody is trying to disrespect the flag or the military. It’s a tough situation where we feel we needed to Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys come together.”

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He also said the league will continue to have the anthem played before every game.

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Former head coach Gary Kubiak, who retired in January citing health reasons, will return to the franchise as a senior personnel advisor with scouting responsibilities. The team announced Kubiak’s new role Tuesday, a move first reported by 9News.

Kubiak will be based near Houston and will occasionally visit the team’s Dove Valley headquarters in Englewood, Colo. He will scout and evaluate NFL draft-eligible players, as well as ones who are hitting free agency.

The move comes one Julio Jones Jerseys day after general manager John Elway signed a five-year contract extension.

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The courting of Cousins: I don’t expect Kirk Cousins to play for anyone but the Redskins next season. Team president Bruce Allen emphasized that Washington is determined to re-sign the impending free-agent quarterback, saying: “I don’t think it’s as complicated as everyone wants to make it. And we’ll get together with his agent, and I’m sure we’ll come to an agreement.” Despite reports that San Francisco has eyes for the ultra-competitive Cousins, the Redskins remain in the driver’s seat. After all, they can Larry Fitzgerald franchise him for another season if talks fizzle.

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Peterson on the move?: Unless he agrees to a restructured deal with the Vikings, Adrian Peterson is bound for a new home. Turning 32 next month, the Vikings running back listed the Texans, Buccaneers and Giants as teams he would consider playing for. ESPN also named the Cowboys as an “option” for A.P., which feels like a super-strange choice considering, well, Ezekiel Elliott.

Falcons coaching carousel: Within days of losing Super Bowl LI, Atlanta fired defensive coordinator Richard Smith and watched Shanahan float west for San Francisco. The hiring of Steve Sarkisian as offensive coordinator was a surprise, no matter how close he is to coach Dan Quinn. So what kind of attack will Sarkisian bring to Atlanta? As coach of the Washington Cheap Jerseys Online Huskies, he employed mirrored route concepts, play-action passes and plenty of short strikes to his running backs — all elements of Shanahan’s scheme. College Football 24/7′s Chase Goodbread told me that while Sark might rely on the run more than Shanny, he’s definitely into the screen game. With that in mind, look for Atlanta’s new play caller to push for the re-signing of Devonta Freeman. Days removed from the most crushing defeat in franchise history, the Falcons are a reminder that the business of football never rests.

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