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During Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest, a police officer made a statement of his own

During Sunday’s matchup against the Buffalo Bills, San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick continued his silent protest against racial inequality by kneeling for the national anthem along with outside linebacker Eli Harold and free safety Eric Reid.

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While Kaepernick and his teammates kneeled, a police officer stood behind the group, saluting the flag as the anthem played.

While the officer’s action served as a subtle response to Kaepernick’s protest, the reactions of other Bills fans toward Kaepernick was not-so-subtle.

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Others, however, showed their support for the 49ers quarterback.

SEE IT: Patriots fans turn Gillette Stadium pink for breast cancer awareness

Gillette Stadium was a sea of pink at the Patriots-Bengals game Sunday. 

At the end of the first quarter, fans held up pink pieces of paper. One section's papers made the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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WATCH: Samford football player Deion Pierre pops the question in epic postgame proposal

This weekend’s best college football moment in the state of Alabama had nothing to do with the Alabama Crimson Tide or Auburn Tigers.

No, that title goes to the Samford Bulldogs.

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Samford, which is a Birmingham-based FCS program that will play at Mississippi State on Oct. 29, took care of Virginia Military Institute 55-21 for its third consecutive victory on Saturday. But even that had little to do with the moment of the week, which goes to Bulldogs LB Deion Pierre for the postgame proposal he orchestrated for his girlfriend.

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You can check out the whole thing here, but be warned that it’s sure to tug at your heartstrings:

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Teammates broke out into a chant after the successful proposal: “She said yes! She said yes!”

“I won twice today,” Pierre can be heard saying in the video. Indeed, Deion. Indeed.

Former NFL player, Auburn defensive star Quentin Groves dead at 32

Former NFL defensive lineman and Auburn standout Quentin Groves, 32, died Saturday.

The cause of death has not been officially confirmed, though  according to SB Nation, Groves suffered a heart attack. During the 2008 NFL combine, he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which caused a rapid heartbeat. After a minor surgical procedure, Groves was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Groves spent two years at Jacksonville, and then played for several teams, including the Raiders, Browns and Titans. He last played in the regular season in 2014.

At Auburn, Groves was an All-SEC star, tying the school's career sack record at 26 and setting a single-game record with four sacks.

CBS cuts to commercial in mid-play during Thursday’s NFL game

Someone in the CBS control booth had an itchy finger for a man with a plan during Thursday night’s NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos. 

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According to Bleacher Report, San Diego led 16-3 with 4:25 left in the third quarter and was facing 3rd-and-11 at the Denver 35 yard-line. Just before the snap, CBS cut to a commercial for its new comedy, “Man With A Plan,” starring Matt LeBlanc. 

Viewers missed a pass interference call against Denver, which gave the Chargers a first down at the Broncos’ 20. That led to a Josh Lambo field goal that gave San Diego a 19-3 lead. 

San Diego went on to win 21-13. 

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Kaepernick named starting QB for Sunday's game

San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick is making headlines again after the controversy involving his decision to kneel during the national anthem before a preseason game.

Coach Chip Kelly made an announcement on Tuesday saying that Kaepernick will be the starting quarterback come Sunday, taking Blaine Gabbert’s spot.

“We need to improve on the offensive side of the ball, and this is the decision we’ve made,” Kelly said.

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The 49ers, who’ve lost four games in a row, will play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

The last time Kaepernick started in a game was on Nov. 1, 2015, according to The Daily Beast.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently spoke out about Kaepernick’s decision to take a knee during the national anthem, along with the many others who’ve followed in his footsteps.

“I think it’s really dumb of them,” Ginsburg said in a Yahoo! News interview with Katie Couric. “Would I arrest them for doing it? No. I think it’s dumb and disrespectful. I would have the same answer if you asked me about flag burning.”

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Packers player gets nasty surprise in his wings order

He just wanted to enjoy some chicken wings, but instead, Jared Cook of the Green Bay Packers got a stomach-turning surprise.

Cook posted an image on Twitter of what he found in his order Tuesday at a Buffalo Wild Wings location. It was a chicken head, beak included. According to the TMZ report, when Cook inquired about the unwanted piece in his order, staff told him, “Sorry, unfortunately this happens because the chicken is fresh."

Buffalo Wild Wings released a statement Friday addressing Cook's claim:

Buffalo Wild Wings takes food preparation, service and quality extremely seriously and we are looking into this situation. We’ve reached out to Jared Cook and our suppliers for more information.

Cook, 29, is spending his first season with the Packers after playing for the Rams and the Titans. He played college football at the University of South Carolina, and was a third-round NFL draft pick.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sued for damages at Beverly Hills mansion

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is being sued over damages to a mansion in Beverly Hills, California.

ESPN.com obtained the lawsuit filed by Jared Pobre, the husband of former WWE star Stacy Keibler, against Newton.

The MVP quarterback is being sued for more than $270,000.

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According to court documents, Pobre manages a luxury home rental company that leased an $11 million home to Newton in March, following the Super Bowl.

The lawsuit says Newton paid $123,000 to rent the home for 61 days with the agreement that there would be no parties or smoking.

The court documents say that after Newton moved out, Pobre had to replace a rug valued at $32,930. Other damages included destroyed bath towels and linens, damaged toilets and water damage to wood floors, damage to the walls near the kitchen and stains in the driveway, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit says Pobre tried to collect more than $90,000 from Newton for the damage, but it was never paid. It says the damages took more than two months to repair, which resulted in lost rent of $72,000 a month.

ESPN.com said Newton’s representatives have not commented on the lawsuit.

Brady's suspension ends; 'Deflategate' appeal dropped

"Deflategate" is finally over and Tom Brady can return to the New England Patriots.As of Monday, Brady's four-game suspension is officially over.

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Brady has not been allowed to have any contact with the team since the end of the pre-season. Sunday, TB12 was spotted working out at the Dexter School in Brookline.


Also Sunday, the quarterback told the NFL Players Association to drop his Deflategate appeal.

In a tweet, the NFL Players Association writes:

After consultation with Tom Brady and our appellate counsel, we have decided to not purse additional appeals in this matter.

This means Brady and the NFLPA will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take the case.


On the field, the Patriots weren't able to remain perfect during Sunday's game vs. the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo took advantage of sloppy, Tom Brady-less New England to hand the Patriots their first home shutout at Gillette Stadium, winning 16-0 Sunday.

Why are NFL ratings down this season?

NFL ratings are down. And that's something that doesn't happen often, considering that the league has cemented itself at the top of American sports. 

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Ratings for the NFL's biggest prime-time games dropped about 12 percent from last year during the first couple weeks of the season. They were down in Week 3, too, including the lowest-rated Monday Night Football broadcast ever

If you ask some people, they'll tell you it's because of recent player protests during the national anthem, like Colin Kaepernick taking a knee. 

In a way, it makes sense that people would turn to anthem protests to explain the drop in ratings. Seeing the NFL take a ratings hit is unusual and so are the protests.

But there are other factors at play too.

For example, that lowest-ever Monday night rating should probably be taken with a grain of salt. 

The first presidential debate, which was aired the same night, was the most-watched debate ever. That's bad news for a football broadcast happening at the same time. 

Plus, political coverage as a whole has put up big numbers throughout the election cycle. It's not unthinkable that it could be cutting into the NFL's viewership a bit. 

Another possible factor in the NFL's ratings slide: A lot of the games weren't as good as usual. 

Several star quarterbacks were on the sidelines during prime-time games due to an injury or suspension. Plus, nearly half of the prime-time games through Week 3 were decided by 14 points or more. 

Still, it's early in the season, and ratings have plenty of time to bounce back. Professional football is still the most-watched sport in the U.S. by a long shot. 

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