Steelers’ Art Rooney II on anthem protest: ‘It’s over, as far as I’m concerned’

The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting the message from the top that it’s time to return to their usual routine for the national anthem. Team president Art Rooney II told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the team’s well-intended effort to stay out of politics Sunday in Chicago backfired and won’t happen again. The Steelers plan to stand from the sidelines during Sunday’s … Read more

Ty Montgomery rib injury not as serious as thought, per source

Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery is listed as day-to-day and could play against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Montgomery left Thursday night’s win over the Chicago Bears in the first quarter with a rib injury. Montgomery was off to a strong start with 28 yards on five carries in the first six plays … Read more

Why Wade might make LeBron and the Cavs less dangerous

How will Dwyane Wade fit with the Cleveland Cavaliers? According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Wade has decided to sign with the Cavaliers when he officially clears waivers Wednesday after agreeing to a buyout with the Chicago Bulls. Wade will be reunited with his former Miami Heat teammate and close friend LeBron James. But at 35, Wade isn’t the same player … Read more

Eric Reid hopes NFL players can refocus on initial goal of Colin Kaepernick’s protests

More than a year since San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and former quarterback Colin Kaepernick first began kneeling during the national anthem as a silent protest of racial inequality in the United States, they believe that their original message has been lost in translation. As nearly every team in the NFL had players participating in some form of … Read more

LeSean McCoy still respects Jim Kelly, explains anger over President Trump’s anthem comments

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy publicly responded for the first time Wednesday to Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s sharp criticism this week of McCoy’s protest during Sunday’s national anthem. “Like I texted him, he said some things to the media that he probably could have said to me,” McCoy said. “But his opinion, it really doesn’t … Read more

Not a setback, but Andrew Luck won’t practice before next week

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will not practice this week, coach Chuck Pagano said Wednesday. “He’s still a week away from as far as his throwing progression and things like that,” Pagano said. “We’ll keep him out of practice this week and hopefully integrate back in next week.” Pagano said Monday that Luck was progressing well in … Read more

Lawrence Timmons’ playing status for Sunday not firm

Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says it’s possible linebacker Lawrence Timmons plays this week against the New Orleans Saints. Gase has been mostly mum when explaining the bizarre situation of Timmons, who went AWOL from the team on Sept. 16. Timmons wrapped up his suspension, which lasted one game, this week and rejoined the team Wednesday in preparation for … Read more

Defiant Joe Flacco defends Ravens’ 32nd-ranked offense

An unusually defiant Joe Flacco bristled at critical questions about the Baltimore Ravens offense and defended the play of the NFL’s 32nd-ranked offense. “I think we’re getting ahead of ourselves when we all of a sudden start saying we haven’t played well for three weeks,” Flacco said Wednesday. “We played terribly last week. There’s no way around that. But … Read more