Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva became the best-selling player in the NFL by midday Monday.
Alejandro Villanueva’s appearance on the field, as the only Steelers player to leave the tunnel for Sunday’s national anthem, led to confusion for some teammates, a source said.
These are very divisive times for our country, Tomlin said. For us, as a football team, it’s about us remaining solid. We are not gonna be divided by anything said by anyone. That’s the thing that I posted to our guys. I said, ‘If you feel the need to do anything, I’m going to be supportive of that. As Americans, you have that right.’ But whatever we do, we’re gonna do 100 percent, we’re gonna do together. We’re not gonna let divisive times or divisive individuals affect our agenda. This collection of men, we’re chasing something here in 2017, and we’re not gonna play politics with football players, with football coaches.
We’re not participating in the anthem today. Not to be disrespectful to the anthem, to remove ourselves from the circumstance. People shouldn’t have to choose. If a guy wants to go about his normal business and participate in the anthem, he shouldn’t be forced to choose sides. If a guy feels the need to do something, he shouldn’t be separated from his teammate who chooses not to. So we’re not participating today. That’s our decision. We’re gonna be 100 percent. We came here to play a football game. That’s our intentions, and we’re gonna play and play to win.
As we expected, Moss responded to Griffin’s series of tweets. He spoke with CSN Mid Atlantic about his comments, and wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t trying to bad-mouth Griffin in the way he thought.
Moss says he believes RGIII should still be a starting quarterback, but points to how he handled Shanahan’s exit as a reason why he doesn’t have a job.
At this point, there isn’t much more to say on the situation. Moss and Griffin have each shared their thoughts, and it’s probably time to move on from this incident.
Goff, off and winless as a rookie, posted the type of nearly perfect performance that’s associated with the game’s elite QBs (22-of-28 passing, 292 yards, three TDs, 145.8 rating). He’s looking the part of franchise quarterback he was expected to be when LA drafted him No. 1 overall last year.
All that said, neither Goff or Gurley is close to being the Rams’ best player. That’s Aaron Donald, the most dominant defensive player in the league, who finished off the Niners’ furious comeback with a ferocious takedown of 49ers QB Brian Hoyer. Unfortunately for Donald, he hasn’t received the type of newfound support Goff and Gurley got, and that will dash any high hopes LA has for making the NFC playoffs.
Donald’s dominance aside, LA made Hoyer look like he was back with the Patriots and channeling Tom Brady. The 49ers had zero touchdowns in their first two games against Carolina and Seattle, two recent NFC powers with top defenses. They had five TDs against the Rams, and had game flow been different, Carlos Hyde would have gashed their run defense a lot more �� similar to how the Redskins powered through it in Week 2.
Bradford, seeking a second opinion, met on Friday with orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews, who performed the ACL repairs in 2013 and 2014 on the same left knee that has troubled Bradford since last week and caused him to miss Friday’s practice, team and league sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Bradford reported Friday morning to the team’s medical personnel that he was feeling fairly pronounced pain in his knee, a day after there was optimism expressed by Zimmer that the quarterback was feeling better and had a chance of playing Sunday.
It didn’t change, Zimmer said.
The Giants, who face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, know a third straight loss to start the season would be demoralizing. Only three teams since the current playoff format was established in 1990 have started 0-3 and qualified for the playoffs.
Honestly, it’s a must-win game, Pierre-Paul said. We know we need this game. It’s a division game. I don’t see us going 0-3.
The primary reasons are the talent and personalities in the locker room. It goes along with coach Ben McAdoo’s belief that it is filled with talented men of integrity.
This has JPP believing a third straight loss isn’t on the horizon.
The players that we got, man. I don’t see it, Pierre-Paul said. The players that we got aren’t going to allow that. Even with our defense, we started off last year pretty bad. We picked it up. I don’t know how we picked it up. Just communication and Coach [Steve Spagnuolo] is giving us the right calls.