October 2017


Heading into their bye, the Seattle Seahawks had a good idea about the team they would be facing in a couple of weeks. The New York Giants were winless. The Seahawks (3-2) are going to see a much different opponent when they face the Giants (1-5) on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

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The Denver Broncos seek to get back on track against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. The Chargers, thank you, prefer to stay on their current path. The Broncos (3-2) have lost two of their last three games.

The New York Giants, who host the Seattle Seahawks at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, have some common ground. In the case of the Seahawks, they have fielded two different combinations this season. The constants have been left tackle Rees Odhiambo, left guard Luke Joekel, center Justin Britt and right tackle Germain Ifredi.

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett sustained a plantar fascia injury in the second quarter of Seattle’s 16-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. With a week to rest the injury through Seattle’s bye week, Bennett fully anticipates he’ll play this Sunday against the New York Giants. Bennett’s presence is that much more important to Seattle’s defense with Cliff Avril expected to be placed on injured reserve due to a neck injury.

A seemingly happy Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has returned to the New York Giants and is accepting the blame for a blowup with coach Ben McAdoo that led to a one-game suspension. The Giants reinstated the 10-year veteran Tuesday after he spoke with McAdoo. The 31-year-old, who joined the Giants in 2014, insisted he mishandled the events leading to his suspension, both in how he acted during a game against the Chargers on Oct. 8 and two days later when McAdoo told him he would be inactive for this past weekend's game in Denver, which the Giants won despite injuries and the suspension.

In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league's fall meetings that altering the policy language from ''should stand'' to ''must stand'' was not discussed. New York Giants owner John Mara noted that the Cowboys' Jerry Jones ''spoke at length'' to the other owners about the anthem issue.

The NFL draft is headed to Arlington, Texas in April, where it will be staged inside AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys were always the favorite to land the 2018 draft, but they wanted to hold it at their corporate home and training complex, the Star of Frisco, about 25 miles north of downtown Dallas. AT&T Stadium will be the site of the 2018 NFL draft.

NFL players and owners held an unusual meeting Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session both sides termed positive and productive. What was not discussed at any length was the divisive topic of the national anthem that has caught the attention of President Donald Trump. "We spent today talking about issues that the players are trying to bring attention to," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

NFL players and owners held an unusual meeting Tuesday to discuss social issues, a session both sides termed positive and productive. What was not discussed at any length was the divisive topic of the national anthem that has caught the attention of President Donald Trump. ''We spent today talking about issues that the players are trying to bring attention to,'' NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said.

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