Loomis, though, believes Browns management is complicit in hypocrisy.

The Browns organization has been supportive of the players’ protests, which also included them standing with locked arms before the preseason game in Chicago last Thursday.

Game Youth Joe Thuney Jersey Professionally, thoughtfully, probably as thoughtfully as any others have, Browns executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown told cleveland.com. These are guys that mean well. We really push our guys to be active and conscious about the communities they live in and what goes on around them that might be even larger than football. They do that, and we support them.

When management allows you to do those things, then that’s on them, Loomis said. It’s hypocritical of the Browns management and ownership to want to have an armed forces first-responder day, and have us involved in it when they allow their players to take a knee during the national anthem. That’s the very representation of what we stand for. That’s why we aren’t going to.

There’s some positive buzz around Cleveland’s offense because beyond rookie QB DeShone Kizer, players such Isaiah Crowell, Corey Coleman and Kenny Britt will make it look more respectable for Hue Jackson. Unfortunately, archrival Pittsburgh counters with Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. The Killer Bs will roll out well after a strong offseason, and former Browns corner Joe Haden will put the finishing touches on it. Steelers win 38-21 and cover the spread in the Lock of the Week.

Game Youth Tomas Hertl Jersey Buffalo has been breaking bad with some of the late preseason news, but it’s still not close to what happened downstate with New York’s AFC East fire sale. Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy up and running together are plenty to ground the Jets’ defense, and Josh McCown just can’t keep up against a Bills defense that will be motivated to make it a winning debut for Sean McDermott. Bills win 24-13 and cover the spread.

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Week 1 fantasy football winners and losers

Whether you won or lost, there’s no equal to the excitement of a brand-new fantasy football season.

Much of that is from following how your team gets to its outcome: That fourth-round pick who drops an NFL debut performance for the record books in the Thursday opener, that late-round sleeper whom you had to start in your 16-team league, or that “ironclad lock” you selected No. 2 overall who completely let you down.

Yes, they’ve all happened so far in Week 1, and right here, we’ll recap these winners and losers from a fantasy perspective, complete with applicable game and historical data. Check back after the conclusion of the 1 and 4 p.m. ET (and, when applicable, Sunday Night Football) games for our picks of the week’s best and worst.

The players and public safety officials also will stand together during the national anthem, and the players said they’ve asked the Haslam family, the team’s owners, to stand with them too.

The pregame show of solidarity comes after discussions among the players, the Haslams and law enforcement officials following some Browns players’ decision to kneel in prayer during the national anthem before the team’s second preseason game last month.

In the wake of the players’ kneeling, the Cleveland police union said it would not participate in the Browns’ tradition of having fans and civil servants help unfurl and hold an oversized American flag on the field. Instead, USO members are scheduled to hold the giant flag this Sunday.

Following news of the Browns’ planned pregame show of solidarity, the police union said it had accepted an invitation to participate.
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Watch: Jimmy Fallon gives $1M to J.J. Watt’s Hurricane Harvey fund with moving tribute

Texans star J.J. Watt has done more than enough for the city of Houston. After setting a goal of raising $200,000 for relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Watt’s total number broke the $20-million line this week.

Authentic Youth Reuben Foster Jersey The number jumped again Tuesday night with the help of another celebrity.

The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon pledged $1 million to the fund and did so with a moving tribute of his own as the Houston choir sang Lean on Me behind him.
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Elliott’s accuser called police on July 22, 2016 to report a series of violent altercations with Elliott. Police did not arrest or charge Elliott at the time because they couldn’t confirm the woman’s version of the events or whether or not she and Elliott ever lived together. The officers who responded to the 911 call referred her to the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, according to the police report.

The prosecutor determined after reviewing the evidence that the conflicting and inconsistent information was not sufficient to charge Elliott. Ohio law also dictates that domestic violence charges can only be brought when a couple lives together, and law enforcement could not confirm Elliott lived with the woman at any point.

After the City Attorney’s Office concluded its investigation, it released all of the evidence collected, including witness statements, copies of text messages, and photographs of Elliott’s accuser’s injuries. Those documents showed that she was not truthful about the events of July 22.

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the Jets are currently set to have more than $56 million in available cap space

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Every decision we’ve made has been squarely with the fans’ perspective of ‘how do we take the fan experience to the next level?’ Jenkins said. The LED displays we have, whether it’s every seat is two inches wider than the Georgia Dome, almost all the concourses connect so you can circumnavigate the building, you don’t get cut-off. You can move vertically throughout the building, we have really wide staircases, we have twice the elevators, twice the escalators compared to the Georgia Dome.

The final figure came down as $1.6 billion, part of which came via the city. But the good news is $850 million of that was financed from banks and investors, and Falcons owner Arthur Blank covered some of it, too.

In addition to the $850 million in loans, $200 million of the construction cost comes from bonds backed by Atlanta hotel-motel taxes, $200 million from the NFL and a yet-undetermined amount from sales of personal seat licenses. Blank is responsible for cost overruns.
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After the season, the Jets are currently set to have more than $56 million in available cap space — behind only the Detroit Lions, who will likely cut into that soon with an extension for Matthew Stafford.

The team is hunting for players who will contribute in 2019 or 2020, and Mangold, Revis, Marshall, Harris,and Decker didn’t fit the bill — Enunwa and Wilkerson do, although Enunwa suffered a season injury that will keep him out of action in 2017.

[Harris] was a great leader in the locker room and on the field, but we have some young guys in that linebacking corps, Wilkerson said, via NewYorkJets.com. They may not be big-name guys like Dave, but those guys can definitely step up and make plays.

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Uni Watch — What’s new in the NFC East for 2017

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There’s plenty of uni-related news as we move toward the kickoff of the 2017 NFL season. Most notably, a new Nike collar that eliminates the Flywire design has been adopted by 19 of the 22 teams that were still using the old one — we’ll call them the Flyswatter Brigade! Here’s our rundown of what you can expect to see in the NFC East on the gridiron this fall.

The Flywire collar has been particularly problematic for the Cowboys. At one point in 2014 and ’15, the bands within the collar turned blue, which the team attributed to laundry problems (additional photos and info here). Although they eventually got that problem under control, it’s just as well that they’ve broken out the Flyswatter this season:

Elite Youth Devin McCourty Jersey Many times, teams use practice squads to keep players who have potential but need development. It gives teams an opportunity to invest in players in a low-cost (by NFL standards) and low-risk way. It also provides teams with a stash of backup players who are familiar with the scheme and system, which is helpful in the event of injury.

I also want to point out again that breakout player does not mean Pro Bowler or All Pro. For me at least, it’s a guy who takes a huge leap forward from where he had been so far in his career. It could be a guy who goes from backup to starting and playing well, or maybe a guy who was already good but then starts playing at a Pro Bowl/All Pro level. It is about the distance between what they were and what they end up being by the end of this season.

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Those jerseys have been an occasional nightmare for colorblind fans

In doing so, they revealed the new look for the rebranded Central Illinois Flying Aces: red and white jerseys with navy blue accents and a primary crest logo featuring a shark-toothed fighter plane.

“We wanted to make this reveal as memorable of a moment as possible because it really signified the start of our new chapter as the Flying Aces,” said Brendan Kelly, the team’s chief operating officer. “To be able to do this in Bloomington at such a big event for the city is really symbolic of how we want our identity to become an integral part of the community — both here and throughout Central Illinois.”

“We knew we wanted to have red as our primary color because of the special significance it holds in the area and the qualities of power and speed that it evokes,” Kelly said. “Between that, the logo and name, we feel that our new identity really embodies the talent of the rising stars we have playing for us.”

Those jerseys have been an occasional nightmare for colorblind fans, but that won’t be an issue with Michigan’s light all-maize look and Florida’s darker “flooded blue.”

Nike says the uniforms are a celebration of Michigan’s bicentennial and “in honor of the 150-year anniversary of the school’s official colors, maize and blue.”

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh floated the idea of an all-maize look before last season, according to then-Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis. Players seem to love it.nets_024

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It is still unclear whether the storm will track up the east or west coast of Florida.

Of the 22 teams that were Flywire-clad last year, 19 have upgraded to the new template. They’ve swatted the Flywire! So we’ll call them the Flyswatter Brigade — a term you’ll be seeing a lot throughout the rest of this column. Thanks to these teams, the league will look a whole lot better this season.
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It is still unclear whether the storm will track up the east or west coast of Florida. If Irma travels up Florida’s west coast, it would present worst-case scenarios for Gulf cities from Naples to Tampa. If the storm travels up Florida’s east coast, the bad side of the storm would remain off-shore, but it could later make landfall somewhere between Savannah, Georgia, and Charleston, South Carolina.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Monday declared a state of emergency for every county to ensure that local governments have enough time, resources and flexibility to get prepared for this dangerous storm, according to a statement from his office.

Watkins hopes to eventually go into all major pro sports teams, but at launch, which is Wednesday, the company will only have jerseys for fans of the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions.

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We got to spend some time with (Sherman) this past week, Watkins said. He’s a big jersey swapper himself 鈥?he thinks wearing a jersey is what we used to think about trading cards: It’s an honor to put on someone else’s jersey that you really respect. When he heard he idea he lit up and said ‘this totally makes sense.’

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Jets quarterback Bryce Petty injured his knee and reported feeling looseness in the knee after the game

The NFL took a stand on that reputation. What would the NFL do if Burfict ended a player’s career on such a hit ? That’s probably a question the league wrestles with every time he starts trending on Twitter for such a play. Is that the spirit of the new rule?

It shouldn’t be. A five-game suspension isn’t the right answer. There are enough gray areas. It doesn’t look like Burfict hits Sherman in the head or neck.
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Such was the case Saturday night around the league, especially in Dallas, where the Raiders and Cowboys faced off. Derek Carr lived up to his new status as the highest paid player in NFL history, going 13-for-17 for 144 yards and two touchdowns in Oakland’s 24-20 loss to Dallas. Carr and Amari Cooper looked in midseason sync on this 48-yard scoring strike.

Dak Prescott also looked sharp for the Cowboys, hitting 11-of-14 passes for 113 yards and an easy touchdown on this play-action pass to Jason Witten.

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Beane, a first-year GM, has proved he has some cajones by trading away three talented players this month, all of whom were recent high draft picks of the previous regime. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was the fourth overall pick in 2014, and the Bills traded future first- and fourth-round choices to move up five spots to get him. He was shipped to the Rams. Corner Ronald Darby, a 2015 second-rounder, was traded to the Eagles. This week, 2016 second-rounder Reggie Ragland was sent to Kansas City.

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Joe Montana excited about Derek Carr, jealous of Raiders QB’s contract

Arguably the greatest quarterback of all time is looking forward to watching two young NFL passers develop and grow in 2017.

Joe Montana, a four-time Super Bowl winner and eight-time Pro Bowl selection, is excited about the new wave of quarterbacks in the league. Sporting News recently asked which he’s most interested in seeing this season.

I’m pretty interested in watching Dak Prescott this year and also Derek Carr — how he comes back from that injury, because I think that injury really affected the Raiders down the stretch (last season), Montana said.

We are very excited about seeing DeShone in the role of starter this week, as he is certainly positioning himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular season, Jackson’s statement read in part.

Jackson had said after Monday night’s 10-6 win over the Giants that he planned to make a decision on whether Kizer or Brock Osweiler would be the starter by Wednesday. While the statement didn’t go that far, the implications were clear.

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Elite Youth Bryce Callahan Jersey Also, Brock Osweiler may not be in the cards as the starter for the Browns at all. According to Adam Schefter Osweiler is not expected to play in the team’s third preseason game which may mean he is not a part of the plan for the season at all.

Kaepernick knelt for the national anthem all last season when he was with the 49ers. Since opting out of his contract in March, Kaepernick has not had any offers to join a new team, which many believe is because of how he protested.

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Joe Thomas attempts to name every Browns QB he’s protected

Joe Thomas is a future Hall of Fame offensive lineman, but he’s spent his entire 10 seasons protecting quarterbacks for the Browns. As you probably know, the Browns have had a terrible track record of Browns quarterbacks, and it can be difficult to remember all of them.

According to Burkholder, Ware will get a second opinion on the injury but is anticipated to need season-ending surgery.

Ware suffered the injury in the Chiefs’ preseason loss to the Seahawks on Friday when he went down after a short gain on a reception from quarterback Alex Smith. The team initially believed it to be a PCL injury, and had its fear confirmed after Ware had an MRI on Saturday.

In Ware’s extended absence, Kareem Hunt will be the featured running back in Kansas City.

The league allowed players to design their own footwear for Week 13 last year and the custom shoes were later auctioned to benefit the various charities they promoted.

According to the report, the NFL will also permit various colored cleats, shoelaces and wristbands during Weeks 5-7 this season to commemorate its “Crucial Catch” campaign.

A memo sent to coaches and equipment managers that was obtained by ESPN earlier this month stated the league intends to relax its footwear rules and let players wear more personalized cleats during pregame warmups this season. In an effort to allow players to be more expressive, the league will allow any color or design on their cleats as long as it doesn’t include commercialized or trademarked logos.
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