NFL owners believe anthem policy will change if protests continue, report says

As the NFL players’ protests during the national anthem continue to be a controversial issue well into the 2017 season, some team owners believe there will be a change to the league’s anthem policy during the offseason.

The protests began last season when Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem to protest racial inequality. The protests carried into this season with more players following Kaepernick’s lead, raising the attention of President Donald Trump and NFL sponsor Papa John’s and fueling a firestorm among fans.

The Washington Post reached out to the NFL, but the league declined to comment on the matter.

In a letter sent to Jones’ attorney, David Boies, a group of team owners expressed their frustration with the Cowboys owner and accused him of “conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests” in regard to his attempt to block commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract extension.

The letter, first reported by The New York Times and Wall Street Journal on Wednesday and later obtained by multiple media outlets, also accused Jones of publicizing “outdated” information about the discussions in an effort to slow the agreement on a new deal.

Jones was given a cease-and-desist order by a half-dozen members of the owners’ Compensation Committee after a committee conference call Monday that threatened fines, suspension and docking Cowboys draft picks as punishment for his interference.

The warning is perceived as NFL owners firing back at Jones after he threatened to sue the NFL and individual owners over the contract extension and negotiations in which he claims the committee has misled to the rest of the owners.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz had resisted pairing Ovechkin and Backstrom this season

“It doesn’t matter why it was (postponed) or when it was, we could have played this Week 17 or we could have played it Week 2, at the end of the day, we’re looking to be 1-0,” Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake told Omnisport this week.

The Cowboys had more success in the second half, but were forced to throw after the Falcons built a 17-7 lead with a touchdown pass to Justin Hardy on the opening series of the third quarter. As the Dallas offense struggled to stay on the field, going 5 of 11 on third downs, the Falcons offense was able to wear down the Cowboys D. The Cowboys appear to be in trouble without Elliott and might be out of the playoff picture by the time Elliott is eligible to return.

Mike Hoffman added a second consolation goal with 7:14 left in the game. Chiasson’s late empty-netter sealed Ottawa’s fourth straight defeat since sweeping a two-game series against Colorado in Sweden from Nov. 10-11. The Senators have been outscored 14-5 during that stretch.

Capitals coach Barry Trotz had resisted pairing Ovechkin and Backstrom this season, even though the two had played together frequently in each of their 10 previous campaigns in Washington.

But with both mired in long goal droughts, Trotz changed course on Wednesday.

All-Pro Richard Sherman ruptured his Achilles; defensive tackle Jarran Reed injured his hamstring; left tackle Duane Brown exited with an ankle injury; linebacker Michael Wilhoite hurt his calf; running back C.J. Prosise left with a bum ankle; Frank Clark suffered a right thigh injury and Kam Chancellor left the field on a cart.

Giants owner John Mara vows support for coach Ben McAdoo

Giants co-owner and president John Mara vowed his support Monday for embattled coach Ben McAdoo, while saying the team’s recent performance is “inexcusable and frustrating.”

McAdoo has made headlines in the past few days for all the wrong reasons. An ESPN report last week quoted two anonymous Giants players as saying McAdoo had “lost this team,” and “guys are giving up on the season.” That prompted other Giants players to call out those anonymous teammates as “cowards” and vow to find out who’d thrown McAdoo under the proverbial bus.

After going 11-5 in his first season as Giants coach, the team has faltered on both sides of the ball this season, ranking 28th in the NFL in both points scored and points allowed.

Yet the Giants, who were founded by Mara’s grandfather, Tim Mara, in 1925, have traditionally not made midseason coaching changes. The Giants have made only one midseason coaching change since 1931, that coming in 1976.

Fitzgerald, 34, caught five passes for 70 yards in Sunday’s win to pass Hall of Famer Tim Brown for sixth place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list. Fitzgerald, who is third all-time in receptions, was the third overall pick of the 2004 NFL Draft and has spent his entire career with the Cardinals. Fitzgerald has 1,175 career receptions for 14,953 yards.

The Vikings selected Peterson with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft and he broke the NFL’s single-game rushing record with 296 yards against the Chargers that season. Peterson, who spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Vikings, was a seven-time Pro Bowler in Minnesota.

The 32-year-old bounced back from another knee injury in 2014 to lead the NFL with 1,485 yards in 2015 as the Vikings won the NFC North. A torn meniscus in the third game of the 2016 season prompted the Vikings to unload their franchise back.