Parnell said players put their protest of President Donald J. Trump and his comments about the NFL above the American tradition of honoring the flag.

Parnell was particularity struck by the image of Alejandro Villanueva, the sole member of the team to come out of the safety of the tunnel before Sunday’s game and hold his hand over his heart while the national anthem played. All of his teammates, all of his coaches, stood yards away from him within the shadow of the tunnel.

Here is a look at The Post’s team-by-team draft analysis:

Cardinals: They addressed a need and got an immediate contributor at 13 overall in Temple LB Haason Reddick, a versatile player who can play inside and rusher the passer. They traded up nine spots in the second round to draft Washington safety Budda Baker, who has been compared to Arizona’s Tyrann Mathieu and Seattle’s Earl Thomas — good company.

The Indianapolis Colts plan to open the season with Scott Tolzien as their starter, with Andrew Luck still working his way back from shoulder surgery. The Carolina Panthers, likewise, have Cam Newton coming back from shoulder surgery, with Derek Anderson as the alternative. The Baltimore Ravens have Ryan Mallett behind Joe Flacco, who is coming back from a back injury. At least Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was sufficiently transparent to acknowledge that there were non-football considerations to the Ravens’ decision on Kaepernick.

Tolzien threw pick-sixes and finished 9-of-18 for 128 yards and was sacked four times. Brissett was 2-of-3 for 51 yards, leading the Colts to their only TD of the game.

6. Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver, Giants (4): Beckham already was one of the best receivers, but his infamous throwdown with Josh Norman and his various off-the-field antics — did he date Khloe Khardashian or not? — only added to the interest. Any time he’s on the field now seems like must-see TV.

7. Russell Wilson, quarterback, Seahawks (6): Whether or not you think he’s a giant phony, you keep paying attention because you never know what strange situation Wilson will be at the center of next. He made news with his offseason marriage to Ciara, and the Seahawks now officially are his team with the retirement of Marshawn Lynch.
“The game,” he said, “is like pro wrestling. I guess that’s why I don’t watch it. All show, little substance.”

Lately, many reasons have been given for the sudden, severe drop in NFL TV ratings. All of them, to some degree, make sense.bills_003

Network analysis ranks teams by looking at the shortest paths of results between them.

Cool enough, but we live in meta times. When you further ask which team is most important to how the network is configured, the answer has even more fascinating implications: Teams that are most central to their networks tend to be involved in upsets.

If Purdue beats Chicago State head-to-head by 69 points, we can reliably say the Boilermakers are better than the Cougars. If Nevada beats Rhode Island, which beats St. Bonaventure, which beats Maryland, which beats Penn State, we can guesstimate the Wolf Pack are better than the Nittany Lions, but with much less certainty because there are many other connections to consider among those teams and their other opponents.

If a team always loses to superior foes and beats inferior squads — if it’s predictable — it won’t create many new “shortest paths.” It will simply reinforce existing connections.

“Rosa Parks’s legacy continues to inspire our citizens to pursue a better tomorrow and to build a country where every American child — no matter their skin color — can live without fear, dream without limits and take their rightful place in the great story of our nation.”

His appearance was brief, though. After the Texans went three-and-out (a 1-yard loss by Lamar Miller and two incompletions), he headed to the locker room and was declared out shortly after halftime.

He is now the sixth Texans player dealing with concussions and on Monday morning the Texans announced that Yates would start Sunday against the Jaguars. Tight ends Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz will miss the rest of the season because of concussions; running back Alfred Blue, wide receiver Braxton Miller and linebacker Jelani Jenkins missed the San Francisco game.

The Philadelphia Eagles have an eight-game winning streak of their own and on Sunday became the first team ever to outscore the Cowboys by at least 30 points in the second half of a game at Dallas, in the regular season or the playoffs. They are now the most efficient team in the NFL per Football Outsiders Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, which measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent, and the No. 1 ranked team per the game charters at Pro Football Focus.jaguars_006

New England loves to spread the workload around with its running backs and Rex Burkhead (34) could be the one to take advantage in Week 10.

Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots: Owning a New England running back in fantasy football is often maddening as Coach Bill Belichick likes to spread out the workload, one that can change on a weekly basis. And each Patriots tailback has shined at various points this season. Burkhead, signed during the offseason, was injured for several weeks before returning in late October.

To be honest, I think as a team we kind of don’t understand why we got written off because we’re playing with a backup, Wisniewski told co-host Ed McCaffrey and me earlier this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Nick Foles is a really good quarterback. He’s made a Pro Bowl in the past. He’s got a great arm. He’s athletic, he’s smart, and you can see that as his reps grow with the first-team offense he keeps getting more and more confident.

Everyone likes to make it about one player — the quarterback. But it’s a team sport. Wentz was having a great year. Obviously that’s a big loss. But we’re 13-3 and the No. 1 seed not just because of Wentz but because we’ve got a heck of a defense, our running game has been great, we’ve got a lot of talent on offense and good special teams.

Elliott and the Union were subjected to an arbitration process in which, among other things, there was a League-orchestrated conspiracy by senior NFL executives, including NFL Senior Vice President and Special Counsel for Investigations Lisa Friel, to hide critical information, which would completely exonerate Elliott, the filing stated.

I’ve always believed NFL conference title games are the most pressure-filled of all playoff games. For any team other than the Patriots, for whom it’s invariably Super Bowl victory or bust, a loss in this round is the ultimate downer.

I’ve been to the conference championship six times, and my teams won twice (1976 Vikings, 1999 Titans) and lost four times (Vikings in 1977, 1987 and 1998 and Titans in 2002). We lost the two Super Bowls in which my teams played, but it was absolutely more painful to lose in the NFC/AFC championship games.

Stefon Diggs rescued the Vikings’ playoff hopes out of nowhere with a last-second touchdown

The Vikings had one last chance to shock the Saints on Sunday night. Stefon Diggs made it count.

Diggs hauled down a deep out from Case Keenum, made one defender miss, and then sprinted into the end zone as time expired to end one of the most memorable playoff games in NFL history.

The Virginia transfer posted perhaps this season’s most impressive triple-double when he scored 33 points to go with 10 assists and 10 rebounds in the Hilltoppers’ win over Marshall on Saturday. After the game, Thompson said that when he read Orlando Mendez-Valdez had recorded the school’s first triple-double in 2009, “I was like, ‘I’m going to be the second one. Watch.”

We got a little song playing over the highlights, a country song … I don’t know what it is, but the words are something like, I don’t give a damn about nothing … Save a horse, ride a cowboy. I don’t know. It’s one of those songs I always think of. I played running back and rushed the quarterback. I rushed for like 1,250 yards and 24 touchdowns, and I had something like 16 and a half sacks that last year. Man, I loved it. That tape reminds me how much fun it was.”

Orakpo’s play-making ability off the edge has made a significant difference the Titans’ defense compared to last year.I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.You’d also have to go back to 2014 to find the last time Cromartie either made a Pro Bowl, or intercepted a pass.That was Nov.

The possibility of Moore making the move was the subject of Cowboys media speculation this past week following the departure of quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, a move first forecast last Monday by Sporting News. Wilson’s contract is expiring and will not be renewed.

Moore is only 28 in comparison to Garrett, who was 39 when hired as Miami’s quarterbacks coach in 2005 by then-Dolphins head coach Nick Saban. Moore, though, has spent five of his six NFL seasons under the tutelage of Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, dating back to when both began working together with the Detroit Lions in 2012.patriots_088_f0e4bcfcd0a8d385-180x180

Titans coach Mike Mularkey to return in 2018, negotiating extension

Not only will Mike Mularkey return in 2018 as the Titans coach, he’s in negotiations for a contract extension.

The Tennesseean first reported the extension Sunday and that Mularkey has spoken with team owner Amy Adams Strunk, who gave Mularkey a vote of confidence last week.

Fox added sideline reporter Chris Myers to its crew, along with Erin Andrews, for the playoffs. Myers delivered, corralling Diggs and Keenum for emotional on-field interviews about scoring the winning touchdown with no time on the clock.

This game was over. But I don’t stop playing ’til the clock hits zero, Diggs told Myers.

For two months the Astros expanded upon the civic role they played at the Brown Convention Center, this time with their bats and gloves. They couldn’t replace a flooded home, but they could bring cheer at a time when that emotion was all too scarce. Hope grew with each win, even if many people had to watch the games with their soaked belongings piled curbside. A diversion became a dream come true for a city that had gone more than half a century waiting for a World Series championship. At that point only Indians fans were enduring a longer streak of titleless seasons.

In the worst of times, from 2011 to ’13, the Astros lost 106, 107 and 111 games. They were so bad and so irrelevant that a game in 2014 received a 0.0 local rating, which means the folks at Nielsen could not prove that a single person in Houston watched the Astros lose 9–1 to the Angels.

Three years later, at precisely 10:57 p.m. CST on Nov. 1, more than three out of every four television sets turned on in the Houston area were tuned to the Astros—a community of 2.4 million believers restored in spirit by the day-to-day achievements of a baseball team. The last out of the World Series, a ground ball off the bat of Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, bounced to—where else?—the outstretched glove of Altuve.

Tomlin had to decide before the Cleveland game about whether it was more important to keep his players in a routine or assure his key veterans would be as healthy as possible. Given that the Steelers never have completed a playoff run with Bell healthy, and that wide receiver Antonio Brown was not around for the team’s second playoff game in the 2015 season, this seemed an easy choice to make.

Steelers fans might remember 2008, when they played a meaningless final game against the Browns. The team was favored to reach the Super Bowl that season, but used Roethlisberger in the final game with the idea of keeping him sharp. Instead, he was hit hard by two Browns defenders and didn’t get off the ground for 15 minutes. patriots_038_c4275d49b20e8e2c-180x180

Baylor’s Matt Rhule has reportedly turned down the Colts’ head coaching job

Baylor head coach Matt Rhule passed on the Indianaplis Colts’ head coaching job, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Rhule has spent one season as Baylor’s head coach. It was ugly. Baylor went 1-11, including early losses to Conference USA foe UTSA and FCS opponent Liberty. Before that, Rhule was the head coach at Temple, where he went 28-23 in four years — but 20-7 over his last two, when he reached double-digit wins twice and won the AAC in 2016. Rhule has a strong reputation in the college football community.

No matter what happens this postseason, the Vikings have a big decision to make: All three QBs are set to become free agents. Perhaps plans will change if, say, one of those guys hoists the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 4. But with beasts like Thielen and Diggs, will it even matter?

Even so, Irving’s reversal was shocking: He had just been to three straight Finals, he hit a championship-sealing three-pointer in 2016, his star rose considerably when James returned to Cleveland in 2014, and he had just completed a career year. Irving seemingly had everything most young stars want: a chance to compete for a title, a defined role, a quality roster, a max contract, plenty of shots and touches, a signature sneaker deal, a jersey that ranked among the league’s best sellers, and numerous national endorsements. But Irving lacked two things: A team to call his own, and a clear understanding of James’s plans once the four-time MVP hit free agency in 2018.

To celebrate Gruden’s introductory press conference Tuesday, Raiders fans stood outside the team’s training facility with their Chucky dolls.

The 54-year-old signed a 10-year contract worth about $100 million, according to ESPN.

The sports network, Gruden’s former employer, created a hilarious comparison chart of Gruden vs. Chucky.

Needless to say, Raiders fans are very excited about Chucky’s return to Oakland.

A two-year starter at cornerback and a four-year starter as the team’s punt returner, Stroman proved to be the Hokies’ most reliable defensive back and one of the best punt returners in the country. As a returner, Stroman offers rare short-area quickness and decisiveness in the open field. He sets up potential tacklers well, adjusting speed and accelerating in the open field.patriots_012_c43e18b0b3faa78c-180x180

He believed his sports opinions were the definitive ones.

What’s funny about Francesa’s great triumph as a sports talker—and for all these years it has been funny—is that he approached his job in what ought to have been the wrong way. Sports talk is a fan’s medium. (It’s right there in the name: WFAN.) Successful hosts are fans themselves, perhaps more informed than the average bleacher creature but no more regal.

Coach Mike Zimmer kept Bridgewater on the bench, maybe just for a quarter or two, while Keenum played. This is one of the things I find compelling about his story. Since Bridgewater suited up and prepared to retake his job that day in Washington, Keenum, in four games, is an 80-percent passer, with nine TDs and two picks, for a passer rating of 124.1. Never in his pedestrian five-year career has Keenum had this kind of run, and he’s done it with the hot breath of Bridgewater on his neck.

The particular the lawyers obviously going to be there but this he’s been the courthouse a few times probably this week as was his first trip down of the old courthouse.A good college receiver who’s unlikely to translate to the pros, Ruffin has small hands and is painfully short on athleticism, running 4 at the Combine with a lineman-like 27 2-inch vertical.

”It was just something where guys once they could go into the holidays where it wouldn’t disrupt their holidays,” said Young, who’s now the Penguins’ director of player development. ”If we’re in all kinds of trade rumors and we make it to right around Christmas, let us just leave peace of mind where we can relax over the holidays and try to enjoy them.”

There are no games from Dec. 24-26 – an extra day off was negotiated in 2013 – and with the physical break comes a mental rest.

”Guys get to spend the time with their family,” said Mathieu Schneider, a longtime defenseman who is now special assistant to the executive director of the NHL Players’ Association. ”You’re with your family, not getting sent up or down to the minors or traded – no threat.”

Myers has a great matchup and is available almost every league.What developed was our strategic plan that has guided our work, including the vision for a leadership organization that was 100% devoted to leadership development: LEAD.Have to wonder what the last two years San might have been if the Padres got that Kemp.Overall, it’s likely the Hawks take a step back when it comes to regular- wins.

“Discontinuing conversations with Austin is not possible at this time.”

Among the several twists and turns in an ever-changing story was a meeting last month between Precourt, Garber and Columbus officials in New York City. Several days later, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther wrote an open letter emphasizing the fact that potential solutions in the Ohio capital aren’t “achievable if we continue to be pitted against another city. We ask you to reconsider working exclusively and collaboratively with us to advance our mutual interest.”

On Friday in Toronto, Garber said Precourt isn’t interesting in selling the Crew and isn’t going to stop pursuing a stadium solution in Austin. Columbus will have to be willing to negotiate while Precourt is on “parallel paths,” Garber said.

“So the ball is in the city’s court,” the commissioner added.

Garber defended Precourt and the previous owners, the Hunt family, and said the Columbus market has been having “issues … almost since the beginning.”

The Crew have been “struggling to resonate” despite more than $200 million in investment from the Hunts and nearly $40 million by Precourt, Garber claimed.

“We don’t think it’s an issue of ownership. Anthony’s done a very good job. He’s invested a lot of money. He’s not getting enough credit for that. He’s had one of the more successful teams on the field,” Garber said. “You have to be strong and viable with every team if you’re going to continue to grow. As hard as it is—and it’s not fun—and I will say I feel for the fans in that market, I am fully understanding of the challenges they see and how disappointed they are. But we need to find a way to ensure that team can be an MLS 2.0 team.”

6 Mateen was ineffective and quit the team late his sophomore year, while 7 Gillery was often played only a few minutes each game owing to his limited offensive skills.speaks about sports.That led to more businesses being created, and a lot of the usual fraudulent stuff we hear when people are getting bilked by a con man.The statements were made by Green and his agent about his foot, his concussions, and his sinuses and they conflict terribly.He is headed to the disabled list with forearm tightness.

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I’ll give you the time stamp and you can check it out.We came up on a bus trip from Baltimore, and I read the place was shutting down on iPhone, said Ruthann Smith, a -year-old retired high school teacher who was enjoying the pastrami with her husband, Dennis, a former financier.Ranked third the N.L.But, is one of the better all-around defensive ends the league while also playing well against the run, and as Owczarski notes, part of ‘s role involves him going up against the league’s elite tackles on the left side every week.chargers_108

Judging by the emotion he displayed after the fact, Thomas Davis knew.

The Panthers linebacker knew he had just delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit when he blindside-blocked Packers wide receiver Davante Adams during a Colin Jones interception return early in the third quarter of the Panthers’ 31-24 win over the Packers on Sunday. He knew his hit was dangerous, especially on a player like Adams, who went through concussion protocol after a brutal hit against the Bears earlier this season. He knew an NFL-imposed fine likely would be coming his way. A suspension is possible, too.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the game was asked about Davis’ hit, which the NFL will review. He paused before answering, seemingly choosing his words carefully.

“I think it was an unnecessary hit,” Rodgers said. “Unfortunately (if) I throw a better ball that situation doesn’t happen.

“He’s a repeat offender, so I’m sure the league will deal with him according to that.”

Indeed, Davis was fined $48,620 earlier this season for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries. Including that amount, Davis has been fined a total of $122,184 for six separate incidents throughout his 12-year career. He has not been suspended for an illegal hit.

Tight hips.School choice could also come up on the federal level.You hear your cleats, and your teammates.That’s so ago a lot of these guys weren’t even playing hockey.If it’s Pittsburgh, they wouldn’t return home until early Monday morning.Already without top-four defenceman Bieksa, who is out indefinitely following hand surgery, the loss of Edler for any significant amount of time would be devastating for the Canucks.

Outside of Connor McDavid’s line, the Oilers offense has been tepid and Eberle is no exception.The only time I can recall a player describing post-concussion symptoms detail was 2014 when right tackle said he was scared after his concussion left him a white fog.Unless it did.Passed through quadrupled the Bruins output on that show our principal at its time.It worked out well for the North Siders, who ended a 108-year championship drought last following their own overhaul.

Pass to Reilly Smith.On the contrary, I am very much looking forward to a healthy and I think he can win over that starting small forward job.The Free Press’ midseason grades reflect these painful truths.The Colts hit on numerous play-action passes against the Bucs.chargers_029

Thompson, a major contributor on the Cavs’ past three NBA Finals teams, said there is urgency in the group.

“We hate losing and we’re guys that we take it to the chin, and obviously we’re pissed off and angry about it,” Thompson said. “But that means we just try to get better. It was a tough, rough trip for us, but we’re going home, playing against Portland on a back-to-back. We’ve got to protect home. And everyone says teams definitely come out a little sluggish, first game off a West Coast trip. But we can’t afford to have that, especially against a Portland team that likes to score a lot of points.”

Before James shifted his focus to the Blazers and 2018, there was a birthday cake in the cubby hole above his locker to enjoy and a couple of more hours to celebrate turning 33, which Jazz fans helped him with all game long through signs and even a “Happy Birthday” serenade.

The most impressive part of his , though, is the way he’s shot the ball from beyond the arc.This is truly opportunity of a lifetime-I couldn’t just simply pass it off, Coulton added.Granted- how is it that we’re almost to and he still hasn’t found a landing spot?Department of Education awarded University a First the World program , totaling nearly $1 million.But a draft loaded with talent at his position, he could slide due to concerns about his character.You can always change the information you share with us by editing your profile.Beginning Saturday night, the conflict between these two nations move indoors, to Canada’s favorite sport, as Canada plays the U.S.they should be doing better that department.Delanie leads the tight end group and the team multiple receiving categories with 53 receptions and 617 yards.I just want to get and continue to prove to these coaches and the rest of the linemates they’ve proved a lot that room.

Philadelphia played without Embiid, their star center, who flew directly from Portland to Phoenix, where the team will join him for Sunday’s game. Embiid is averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds per game. The 76ers are 2-7 when he does not play.

“To get one, on the road, without Joe, is a credit to a team effort,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.

Bayless did his part in Embiid’s absence. He scored all of his points in a span of 3:56, when the Sixers took the lead for good.

“It was huge,” guard Ben Simmons said. “He played really well and that’s exactly what we need from guys like that — hit shots.”

Jamal Murray led Denver with 31 points and had eight rebounds; Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists; and Gary Harris had 17 points.astros_026