Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and guard Kevin Zeitler exited via free agency Thursday.
Some NFL owners believe there is a strong possibility they will enact an offseason change to the league’s national anthem policy if players’ protests during the anthem persist through the end of this season, reverting to a previous approach of keeping players in the locker room while the anthem is played, according to several people familiar with the league’s inner workings.
“I think that if players are still kneeling at the end of the year, then it could very well happen,” said one person familiar with the owners’ deliberations on anthem-related issues.
Bengals: Coach Marvin Lewis usually has been able to make things work and get the Bengals into the playoffs. But that didn’t happen this past season. And the task just got tougher for Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton.
Adrian Peterson, Tony Romo, Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick: Yes, it’s early. But no one seems to be in any rush to sign Peterson, Cutler or Kaepernick. And the Cowboys aren’t putting Romo’s decision about his next NFL team completely in his hands, at least not yet. They did not release him Thursday, as had been widely expected, amid renewed speculation that a trade to the Texans or Broncos might be possible.
Matt Forte, RB, Jets: Just when it looked like Forte was turning back the clock and beginning to ascend to the top of the depth chart in New York, he suffered a setback, missing back-to-back days at practice with a knee injury. He was going to be part of the Fringe Starters list, but now his status for this weekend’s matchup is up in the air. If Forte is unable to go, Bilal Powell owners should get him in the lineup.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: Hilton is nursing a groin injury and Friday he was listed as questionable for Week 10. He’s been a limited participant in practice this week so Hilton owners should keep an eye on the situation leading up to game-time. It’s not a terrific matchup and if Hilton is a step slower, he could be in for a quiet day.