CANTON Derrick Nnadi Jersey , Ohio (AP) There were no demonstrations by any players during the singing of the national anthem Thursday night at the Hall of Fame game.

All players and coaches for the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens stood as the NFLs preseason began.

The NFL modified its national anthem protocol in May, prohibiting any sort of demonstrations for 2018, but allowing players to remain in the locker room during The Star-Spangled Banner if they chose to. Individual teams would be responsible for disciplining any demonstrators.

The players union filed a grievance about the policy change, and late last month, the new policy was put on hold while the NFL and NFLPA work on a resolution.

Those demonstrations were begun by then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 when he kneeled during the anthem to protest racial inequality and social injustice. The kneeling and other displays of protest spread leaguewide, particularly when President Trump suggested team owners fire players who didnt stand for the anthem.

On Thursday night, everyone on the sideline stood.

We as a group talked about it and decided that was what we were doing, new Bears coach Matt Nagy said. Its for unity and togetherness. The guys are really excited to come up with one deal as a team. They were all out there; from what we talked about, it happened.

DENVER (AP) Earl Thomas didnt miss a beat after missing the entire offseason. Just have to get the rest of the secondary on the same wavelength.

The six-time Pro Bowl safety picked off a pass and collected five tackles Sunday in Seattles 27-24 l oss at Denver 72 hours after he reported to the Seahawks with his pay-me-or-trade-me demand having failed on both counts.

Still, it wasnt up to the standards set by the old Legion of Boom defense thats imploded like Seattles Kingdome with the offseason departures of Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor.

Just glad to get through the first game and get that out the way Marcus Williams Jersey , Thomas said. Thats it. It felt like we did pretty good up front, but it was just sometimes throughout the game it was small little plays that we shouldve had, we didnt communicate right and they had big plays.

Coach Pete Carroll managed Thomas snaps as he said he would. Thomas had four days of practice after ending his holdout Wednesday.

I think I had about 65 plays, Thomas said. I felt good. I felt like my training with my brother and my team back home has been great and has been right on it. The only thing right now is my big toe hurt and my feet hurt, but thats about it.

Oh, and his feelings.

His Instagram post on Wednesday morning announcing his return made it clear Thomas wasnt happy or satisfied.

By reporting last week, Thomas assured he wont miss out on his roughly $500,000 weekly paychecks. But he wants more than the $8.5 million hell make in 2018 in the final year of the four-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2015 after Seattles win over Denver in Super Bowl 48.

During the game Im not thinking about it, Thomas said. Im out here having fun with B-Mac (safety Bradley McDougald) and the guys. So Saquon Barkley Jersey , Im not thinking about it. When I get asked about it, it definitely runs across my mind.

Other takeaways from Denvers 18th win in its last 19 home openers:


Broncos rookie running backs Royce Freeman, the Pac-12s all-time rushing touchdown leader at Oregon, and Philip Lindsay took different paths to the NFL. Freeman was a third-round draft choice and Lindsay signed as an undrafted free agent after not even getting an invitation to the combine.

Their debuts were identical, however: 15 carries for 71 yards, a 4.7-yard average.

While Lindsay added a 29-yard TD catch-and-scamper, Freeman helped salt away the win with several strong runs in the closing minutes, two of which covered 17 and 15 yards just before the 2-minute warning.

I mean, first game youre going to have a little bit of nerves, Freeman said Dontae Johnson Jersey , but they churn more to excitement.


Demaryius Thomas had an awful start as three passes went off his hands, his holding call negated a 12-yard run and a miscommunication led to an interception in the first half.

It was like my first game again, Thomas said. I was so excited to be back on the field. Those first three plays were kind of tough, kind of tough. Couple quick drops.

Quarterback Case Keenum never lost faith in the ninth-year veteran, who bounced back with six catches for 63 yards and scored the winning TD with his tip-toeing 4-yard grab in the fourth quarter.

Demaryius is just like all of us hes human, Keenum said. I know hes going to make the play when he needs to. I have no doubt in him. Im going to keep slinging him the ball.


The book on Seahawks rookie tight end Will Dissly coming out of Washington was that hes a strong blocker. He proved hes much more than that Sunday.

The fourth-round draft pick twice burst past linebacker Bradley Chubb, the fifth overall pick in the draft, first for a 15-yard TD catch and then for a 66-yard gain that set up a field goal.

It was just a cool opportunity to go out there that first game and do something special, said Dissly, who caught three passes for 105 yards.

He was on fire K'Waun Williams Jersey , Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. He was like Mike Ditka out there.


Shaquill Griffins twin brother, rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin, started the game with K.J. Wright out following minor knee surgery. Its another chapter in the remarkable story of Griffin, who had his left hand amputated as a child.

The Griffins had back-to-back tackles on Seattles second defensive series. Shaquill had six tackles and Shaquem two.

There is no better feeling, Shaquem said of playing in the pros alongside his twin.

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