On Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys officially signed Mark Sanchez, providing them with more depth in the aftermath of Tony Romo’s latest back injury. The Denver Broncos parted ways with the quarterback Saturday before the 53-man roster deadline.
Sanchez fell out of favor with the Broncos after an underwhelming preseason where he got outplayed by Trevor Siemian, who eventually earned the starting job. Denver reportedly attempted to trade Sanchez, but received no interest and released him instead, recouping Barry Sanders Jersey his $4.5 million salary and the seventh-round pick that was traded to acquire him.
“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”
Kaepernick said Sunday that he would continue Brandon Pettigrew Jersey his protest this week. On Thursday, Kaepernick’s teammate, safety Eric Reid, joined him by taking a knee during the anthem before the 49ers faced the Chargers. Kaepernick wasn’t aware of Lane’s decision to also sit during the anthem, but said he was “proud of him.”
Immediately after the anthem, Lane’s teammate Richard Sherman came to the bench and spoke to him, according to Greg Bell of the News Tribune. Sherman said earlier in the week that he had heard teammates discussing this form of protest previously. He later showed support his support for his teammate:
Sherman on Lane: “He sat down, he wanted to make a point and I think he made a great point.”
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After the game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he has always encouraged his players speaking their mind.
“It’s a totally individual decision,” Carroll said. “I’m really proud of the progress we’re making in the conversation.”
Not all hope is lost. But while these are some very luxurious silver linings for the Vikings, they’re still going to be more severely limited in what they can do overall with Shaun Hill or whoever they might get to replace him at quarterback.
All the preseason hype and the predictions for winning the NFC North rested largely on what Bridgewater could have done in his third season. A playoff run isn’t impossible for Minnesota. Do not underestimate Mike Zimmer. But we’re probably going to have to wait a year to crown Minnesota as the best team in the NFC.
“I think it would be foolish if you were to say there isn’t an issue in this country with minorities,” Reid said, via CBS Bay Area. “There’s a million issues in America and this is something he feels strongly about and I respect him for voicing his opinion on it.”
Kaepernick said Sunday that he planned to continue his protest, and after addressing the team and explaining his perspective, his teammates expressed support for his efforts to draw attention to the ongoing oppression of black Americans in the United States.