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Kaepernick to Start First NFL Game This Year

San Francisco 49ers QB's reaction: 'Let's go'

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick is in the news again, though not for anything related to his national anthem protests . Kaepernick will be the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills—a role he hasn't held since last November, reports. The controversial player has... More »

NFL Player Finds Gross Surprise in His Wing Order

Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook is one step closer to vegetarianism

(Newser) - "I've never had anything that could taste me back in my food ever," Jared Cook tells ESPN . The Green Bay Packers tight end says he had just finished the first wing from a Buffalo Wild Wings takeout order Tuesday when he noticed something stomach turning. "As... More »

NFL Ratings Are Tumbling

One theory is that the election is stealing interest

(Newser) - The NFL has endured criticism about concussions , allegations about domestic violence among its players, and Tom Brady's DeflateGate , and yet the viewers kept coming back to the networks for more gameplay every Sunday (and Monday and Thursday and Saturday). Until now, per the Wall Street Journal , which reports on... More »

Cam Newton Sued for Allegedly Partying Too Hard

Lawsuit claims the Carolina Panthers QB destroyed a rental mansion

(Newser) - Apparently Cam Newton shied away from that Super Bowl fumble because he was (allegedly) saving his body for partying. TMZ reports a lawsuit filed against the Carolina Panthers quarterback by the manager of a luxury hotel rental company claims he did nearly $100,000 in damage to an $11 million... More »

NFL Could Disappear, and Sooner Than You Think

'Sports Illustrated' imagines a league-less world

(Newser) - Football fans are no doubt thrilled that the new season is under way. They'll be less thrilled to read Austin Murphy's doomsday scenario in Sports Illustrated , written from a not-too-distant future in which the NFL ceases to exist. A sample from the piece datelined with the year 2036:... More »

NFL Kicker's Tale: Brief Fame, a Head Injury, a Life Derailed

Buffalo News recounts plight of Bjorn Nittmo

(Newser) - If the name Bjorn Nittmo happens to ring a bell, it's almost certainly because David Letterman made the NFL kicker a brief celebrity a quarter-century ago. (Letterman loved his name, had him on the show, and made a catchphrase out of, "Who do you think you are, Bjorn... More »

Entire NFL Team May Take Action During National Anthem

The Seattle Seahawks may join Colin Kaepernick's protest as a team

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem appears to be snowballing. Two Seattle Seahawks players have insinuated they may do something as a team during the national anthem prior to Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins. "Anything we want to do, it's not going to be... More »

Kaepernick Jerseys Go Flying Off Shelves During Protest

NFL quarterback's red jersey now No. 1 top seller on NFL Shop website

(Newser) - The Colin Kaepernick controversy continues to rumble, but whereas at first his jerseys burned , now they are a hot commodity. NBC Sports reports that before the 49ers quarterback decided to sit out the national anthem, sales of his jerseys via the NFL Shop were sluggish. But a recent peek at... More »

Johnny Manziel Is Going Back to College

Off-field incidents derailed NFL career

(Newser) - Former Cleveland quarterback Johnny Manziel has re-enrolled at Texas A&M after his NFL career was derailed by a series of off-field incidents that included a domestic violence charge still pending in court, the AP reports. A school spokesman confirmed Manziel's enrollment Monday, saying he couldn't provide other... More »

Cops May Stop Providing Security at 49ers Games

Police union says Kaepernick is creating a 'hostile work environment'

(Newser) - If Colin Kaepernick is going to continue boycotting the national anthem in protest of police brutality, then the police might just boycott the San Francisco 49ers in protest of Colin Kaepernick. NBC Bay Area reports the Santa Clara police union has threatened to stop providing security for 49ers games unless... More »

2nd 49er Joins Kaepernick Protest

They took a knee for the anthem in San Diego

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick once again refused to stand when the national anthem was played before a game Thursday night—and this time, he wasn't alone. 49ers safety Eric Reid also knelt as a Navy officer sang the anthem at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Reid—... More »

Trump to Kaepernick: Find a New Country

Candidate criticizes QB's refusal to stand for national anthem

(Newser) - If Colin Kaepernick doesn't want to stand for his national anthem, Donald Trump thinks he should find a new nation, period. Asked about the NFL quarterback's protest on a radio show Monday, Trump said he'd been following the story. "I think it’s a terrible thing,... More »

Kaepernick Won't Stand Until Oppression Stops

He's not worried about being cut from team

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick may have made himself America's least popular football player with his refusal to stand for the national anthem , but he isn't backing down, ESPN reports. The San Francisco 49er told reporters Sunday that he won't stand for the anthem until America stops oppressing black people.... More »

49ers QB Won't Stand for National Anthem

Colin Kaepernick is protesting treatment of black people in US

(Newser) - Before Friday's preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a stand by not standing for the national anthem. It's a decision reports will likely lead to "incredible backlash" against him. “I am not going to stand up... More »

New NFL Stadium Might Be Dangerously Loud

The roof at US Bank Stadium is made of 'acoustically reflective' material

(Newser) - The NFL may have a new loudest stadium, but how loud is too loud? Good Morning America reports the noise at the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is already making news, and it hasn't even hosted a Minnesota Vikings game yet. At a recent soccer match—a soccer... More »

Ex-NFL Star Darren Sharper Gets 18 Years in Multiple Rapes

He pleaded guilty to distributing drugs with intent to rape

(Newser) - Former NFL star Darren Sharper has been sentenced to 18 years in prison in a case where he was accused of drugging and raping as many as 16 women in four states. Judge Jane Triche Milazzo sentenced Sharper on Thursday, reports the AP . He had pleaded guilty or no-contest to... More »

NFL Nixes Dallas Cowboys' Decal Honoring Slain Cops

'Arm in Arm' helmet decals cannot be worn during preseason, regular season

(Newser) - Last month, the Dallas Cowboys unveiled a helmet decal meant to show solidarity with the Dallas Police Department after five officers were murdered. But on Wednesday, the NFL rejected the team's request to wear the decals during the preseason, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The Cowboys had already been... More »

Tim Tebow Wants to Play ... Baseball

He's apparently pulling a Michael Jordan

(Newser) - Tim Tebow is trying to pull a Michael Jordan and jump from one professional sport to another. ESPN —where the former NFL quarterback works as an analyst—reports that Tebow is "actively pursuing" a career in baseball and will invite all 30 MLB teams to watch him work... More »

Trump Complains About 'Ridiculous' Debate Schedule

He accuses Hillary Clinton of rigging it to clash with NFL games

(Newser) - Donald Trump is deeply unhappy about this fall's presidential debate schedule—and apparently a little confused about who created it. Two of the three debates clash with NFL games, and Trump tweeted Friday that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats were "trying to rig the debates," though the... More »

NFL Great Bitten While Fighting Over Lobster With Shark

The shark didn't care how many career sacks Warren Sapp had

(Newser) - It's a bad idea to get between a shark and its meal. The same could probably be said about NFL Hall-of-Famer Warren Sapp. So when Sapp and a shark both found themselves going after the same lobster Wednesday, the result was understandably gruesome. The Tampa Bay Times reports Sapp... More »

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