Five Teams With Favorable Futures Odds

So we’ve got you prepared to bet on the preseason, but that’s still a couple weeks away and you’re growing impatient. All good, you can still throw some money down on NFL action right now, but even if you’re successful you won’t get paid out for those bets

So we’ve got you prepared to bet on the preseason, but that’s still a couple weeks away and you’re growing impatient. All good, you can still throw some money down on NFL action right now, but even if you’re successful you won’t get paid out for those bets until the new year.

Futures odds are available all over the internet to those who think they know how certain teams will fare in 2018. We’ve combed through those numbers to identify five particularly enticing teams that might be worth gambling on this summer.

Chicago Bears (+10000 to win the Super Bowl)

Every season several previously feeble teams rise up and become contenders. Last year at this time, only a handful of teams had lower Super Bowl odds than the Los Angeles Rams, who went on to lead the league in scoring in an 11-win, division-winning campaign.

The 2018 Bears look a lot like the 2017 Rams. New high-energy head coach who is considered a quarterback guru and an offensive genius. Second-year franchise quarterback widely expected to take a big leap forward. Several shiny new offensive weapons for said quarterback. And a sneaky amount of defensive talent.

The Rams didn’t win the Super Bowl last year and the Bears are extremely unlikely to do so in 2018, but it’s rather astonishing that only two teams offer more value on the Super Bowl futures market. A $100 bet on them to make a miraculous run would yield $10,000, which might be worth a shot.

Seattle Seahawks (+6000 to win the Super Bowl, +400 to win the NFC West)

The Seahawks have suffered so many losses this offseason that their odds to win the division title have plummeted and their odds to win it all are borderline comical. Only 10 teams have worse odds to win the Super Bowl than a team that did exactly that only a few years ago, with the same head coach and same franchise quarterback.

I wouldn’t expect the Seahawks to be favored to win anything now that the Legion of Boom has essentially been dismantled, especially because the offense could still have plenty of trouble protecting and supporting quarterback Russell Wilson. That said, Wilson is still one of the best players in football and a preseason MVP contender. He and Carroll could easily overcome a tough offseason, and betting on that could be fruitful considering how oddsmakers and the public have reacted to a tough run in Seattle.

If you think a Super Bowl run isn’t going to happen in the tough NFC, at least consider those tempting division title odds. The Rams could easily come back to earth after a breakout season and the 49ers have yet to prove the team can do what it did last December for an entire season.

Los Angeles Chargers (+1000 to win the AFC championship)

The Chargers are actually favored to win the AFC West, and they certainly have the talent to beat conference favorites New England or Pittsburgh. 

The Patriots have endured a tumultuous offseason and look more vulnerable than they have in years, while the Steelers are so reliant on their three key offensive players that all it would take is one big injury to remove them from contention. With this possibly being Le’Veon Bell’s last season in Pittsburgh, the team chemistry could take a hit compared to years past.

The Texans and Jaguars both have better odds than the Chargers to win the AFC title (+800 each) but Houston is in for a boom-or-bust year based on what happens with Deshaun Watson and J.J. Watt, while Jacksonville is a major wild card, as long as Blake Bortles is their quarterback.

The point is the AFC is wide freakin’ open, and the Chargers are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball. They’ve got a quarterback who’s been elected to seven Pro Bowls, one of the best pass rushes in football and plenty of game-changers on both offense and defense.

That makes them a worthwhile bet at +1000, but the NFC is so much stronger than the AFC that I wouldn’t push my luck with their +2400 Super Bowl odds.

Carolina Panthers (+3500 to win the Super Bowl)

How is it that 16 teams — including the 49ers, Chiefs, Giants and Cowboys — have better Super Bowl odds than the Carolina Panthers? Carolina came close to winning the damn thing just a few years ago. Quarterback Cam Newton was the MVP that year, while head coach Ron Rivera was coach of the year for the second time in a three-season span. Outside of that Super Bowl loss to the Broncos, the Panthers lost one game all year.

They haven’t won a playoff game since, but they did make it back to the postseason last year and Football Outsiders ranked them as the ninth-most efficient team in football.

Christian McCaffrey should only get better, superstar linebacker Luke Kuechly appears to be healthy and Newton is Newton — one of the most uniquely talented matchup nightmares in the league.

I wouldn’t expect the Panthers to remain at +3500 for long.

New Orleans Saints (+1800 to win the Super Bowl)

Nobody in the NFC South has high futures odds because the division is so strong as a whole, but it’s still ridiculous that the Saints have lower Super Bowl odds than six other teams, and identical odds to a Texans squad that won just four games last year.

In terms of DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), the Saints were the best team in the NFL last season. Their future Hall of Fame quarterback had the highest completion percentage in NFL history while leading the conference in yards per attempt and passer rating. New Orleans also became the first team in nearly half a century to possess both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year. The Saints were just one crazy play from a berth in the NFC Championship game and if Diggs doesn’t make that play, the team’s odds would be significantly lower.

That historically kickass rookie class should only make a larger impact in 2018, and now they’ve added a first-round pass rusher (Marcus Davenport), one of the best slot corners in the game (Patrick Robinson), a steady new starting linebacker (Demario Davis) and an intriguing new receiver (Cameron Meredith) to the fray.

Regardless of what the odds say, this team is right there with the Patriots, Steelers, Eagles, Rams and Vikings.

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NFL Arrests by Month

Since the turn of the century there have been 1,010 arrests of NFL players. While that number may seem high, it's actually less than the US average for men ages 20-39. Because they are constantly in the spotlight, the general public hears about these arrests frequently. After collecting the data and categorizing it

Since the turn of the century there have been 1,010 arrests of NFL players. While that number may seem high, it’s actually less than the US average for men ages 20-39. Because they are constantly in the spotlight, the general public hears about these arrests frequently. After collecting the data and categorizing it in a variety of ways, the National Football Post will be releasing a series of visualizations starting with NFL arrests by month. 

You can play around with the data to sort by type of crime and see what inferences you can draw. Some categories have a lot of arrests, like drug crimes, which dramatically increase in the offseason, when tests become sporadic. Some categories only have a single arrest in the last 18 years. 

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2018 College Football Team Season Win Totals

Data provided by Bovada.

2018 Regular Season Wins - Air Force Falcons    

Over                                         4½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       4½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Akron Zips

Over                                         4½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       4½         (-150, 2/3)

 

Data provided by Bovada.

2018 Regular Season Wins – Air Force Falcons    

Over                                         4½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       4½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Akron Zips

Over                                         4½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       4½         (-150, 2/3)

 

 2018 Regular Season Wins – Alabama Crimson Tide        

Over                                         11         (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       11         (-130, 10/13)

(Note: their win total has went up from 10½ since original release)     

 

 2018 Regular Season Wins – Appalachian State    

Over                                         8½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       8½         (-150, 2/3)

 

 2018 Regular Season Wins – Arizona Wildcats    

Over                                         7½         (-155, 20/31)

Under                                       7½        (+125, 5/4)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Arizona State Sun Devils     

Over                                         4½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       4½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Arkansas Razorbacks            

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Arkansas State Red Wolves               

Over                                         8½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       8½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Army Black Knights               

Over                                         7           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       7          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Auburn Tigers          

Over                                         9           (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       9          (EVEN, 1/1)

(Note: their win total has went up from 8½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Ball State Cardinals            

Over                                         4          (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       4          (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Baylor Bears        

Over                                         6          (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       6          (-130, 10/13)

(Note: their win total has went up from 5½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Boise State Broncos              

Over/Under                               10

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Boston College Eagles         

Over                                         6           (-180, 5/9)

Under                                       6          (+140, 3/2)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Bowling Green Falcons        

Over/Under                               4½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Buffalo Bulls               

Over                                         6½         (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       6½        (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – BYU Cougars             

Over                                         5           (-170, 10/17)

Under                                       5          (+140, 7/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – California Golden Bears      

Over/Under                               6½  

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Central Florida Knights        

Over                                         9½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       9½        (-130, 10/13)

(Note: their win total has went up from 8½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Central Michigan Chippewas            

Over/Under                               4½

 

2018Regular Season Wins – Charlotte 49’ers            

Over                                         3½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       3½        (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Cincinnati Bearcats               

Over                                         5          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       5          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Clemson Tigers       

Over                                         10½       (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       10½      (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Coastal Carolina         

Over                                         4          (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       4          (-130, 10/13)

 

2018Regular Season Wins – Colorado Buffaloes               

Over                                         4½         (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       4½        (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Colorado State Rams            

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Connecticut Huskies             

Over                                         3          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       3          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Duke Blue Devils    

Over/Under                               6

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – East Carolina Pirates        

Over                                         3½        (+135, 27/20)

Under                                       3½         (-165, 20/33)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Eastern Michigan Eagles         

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Florida Atlantic Owls         

Over                                         8½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       8½        (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Florida Gators          

Over/Under                               8

(Note: their win total has went up from 7½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Florida International            

Over/Under                               5

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Florida State Seminoles      

Over                                         7½        (-190, 10/19)

Under                                       7½        (+155, 31/20)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Fresno State Bulldogs            

Over/Under                               8

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Georgia Bulldogs    

Over                                         10½       (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       10½      (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Georgia Southern Eagles

Over                                         5½         (-155, 20/31)

Under                                       5½        (+125, 5/4)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Georgia State Panthers       

Over/Under                               4½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets             

Over                                         5½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       5½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Over/Under                               3½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Houston Cougars    

Over                                         8          (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       8           (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Illinois Fighting Illini            

Over                                         4          (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       4           (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Indiana Hoosiers    

Over                                         5          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       5          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Iowa Hawkeyes      

Over                                         7½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       7½        (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Iowa State Cyclones             

Over/Under                               6½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Kansas Jayhawks    

Over                                         3          (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       3           (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Kansas State Wildcats          

Over                                         6           (-170, 10/17)

Under                                       6          (+140, 7/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Kent State Golden Flashes

Over                                         2½        (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       2½         (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Kentucky Wildcats 

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns 

Over/Under                               4½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UL Monroe Warhawks 

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – LSU Tigers  

Over                                         7          (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       7          (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Louisiana Tech Bulldogs      

Over                                         7          (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       7          (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Louisville Cardinals               

Over                                         7           (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       7          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Marshall Thundering Herd 

Over/Under                               8

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Maryland Terrapins               

Over                                         5           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       5          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UMass Minutemen

Over                                         5½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       5½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Memphis Tigers      

Over                                         8½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       8½        (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Miami Hurricanes  

Over/Under                               9½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Miami Ohio Redhawks     

Over                                         6½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       6½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Michigan Wolverines           

Over                                         9           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       9          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Michigan State Spartans     

Over/Under                               9

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders      

Over                                         7          (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       7           (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Minnesota Golden Gophers              

Over                                         6          (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       6           (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Mississippi Rebels 

Over/Under                               6

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Mississippi State Bulldogs 

Over/Under                               8½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Missouri Tigers       

Over                                         6½        (-155, 20/31)

Under                                       6½        (+125, 5/4)

(Note: their win total has went down from 7½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Navy Midshipmen 

Over                                         7           (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       7          (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Nebraska Cornhuskers  

Over/Under                               6½

(Note: their win total has went up from 6 since original release)           

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Nevada Wolfpack  

Over                                         6           (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       6          (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – New Mexico Lobos

Over/Under                               4  

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – New Mexico State Aggies

Over                                         6          (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       6           (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – North Carolina State Wolf Pack       

Over                                         7          (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       7          (+110, 11/10)

(Note: their win total has went down from 7½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – North Texas Mean Green

Over                                         8          (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       8           (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Northern Illinois Huskies   

Over/Under                               6½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Northwestern Wildcats       

Over                                         6          (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       6          (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Notre Dame Fighting Irish  

Over                                         9½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       9½         (-140, 5/7)

(Note: their win total has went up from 8½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Ohio Bobcats           

Over                                         8½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       8½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Ohio State Buckeyes            

Over                                         10½       (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       10½      (EVEN, 1/1)

(Note: their win total has went up from 9½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Oklahoma Sooners

Over                                         10          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       10         (EVEN, 1/1)

(Note: their win total has went down from 10½ since original release)     

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Oklahoma State Cowboys

Over                                         8          (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       8          (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Old Dominion Monarchs     

Over/Under                               5½  

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Oregon Ducks          

Over                                         8½        (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       8½        (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Oregon State Beavers         

Over                                         2½        (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       2½         (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Penn State Nittany Lions    

Over/Under                               9½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Pittsburgh Panthers              

Over                                         5          (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       5           (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Purdue Boilermakers           

Over                                         6          (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       6           (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Rice Owls  

Over                                         3           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       3          (+120, 6/5)  

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Rutgers Scarlet Knights       

Over                                         4          (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       4           (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – San Diego State Aztecs        

Over                                         8½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       8½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – San Jose State Spartans       

Over                                         2½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       2½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – South Alabama Jaguars       

Over                                         4           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       4          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – South Carolina Gamecocks

Over                                         7½        (-180, 5/9)

Under                                       7½        (+150, 3/2)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – South Florida Bulls

Over                                         8½        (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       8½         (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – SMU Mustangs        

Over                                         5½        (EVEN, 1/1)

Under                                       5½        (-130, 10/13)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Southern Miss Golden Eagles           

Over                                         6½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       6½         (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Stanford Cardinal   

Over                                         8          (-165, 20/33)

Under                                       8          (+135, 27/20)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Syracuse Orange    

Over/Under                               5½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Temple Owls           

Over                                         6½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       6½        (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Tennessee Volunteers        

Over                                         5½        (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       5½        (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Texas Longhorns    

Over/Under                               8½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Texas A&M Aggies 

Over                                         7          (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       7          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – TCU Horned Frogs  

Over                                         7½        (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       7½        (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UTEP Miners             

Over                                         2½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       2½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Texas San Antonio Roadrunners

Over/Under                               5

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Texas State Bobcats

Over                                         3½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       3½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Texas Tech Red Raiders       

Over                                         6          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       6          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Toledo Rockets       

Over/Under                               8

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Troy Trojans             

Over                                         7½        (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       7½         (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Tulane  Green Wave     

Over                                         5½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       5½         (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Tulsa Golden Hurricane       

Over                                         4           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       4          (+120, 6/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UAB Blazers    

Over                                         7½        (+105, 21/20)

Under                                       7½         (-135, 20/27)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UCLA Bruins              

Over/Under                               5½

(Note: their win total has went up from 5 since original release)           

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – UNLV Rebels  

Over                                         6          (-130, 10/13)

Under                                       6          (EVEN, 1/1)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – USC Trojans              

Over                                         8½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       8½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Utah Utes  

Over                                         7           (-140, 5/7)

Under                                       7          (+110, 11/10)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Utah State Aggies  

Over/Under                               7½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Vanderbilt Commodores    

Over/Under                               4½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Virginia Cavaliers   

Over                                         5          (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       5           (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Virginia Tech Hokies             

Over                                         8½        (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       8½         (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Wake Forest Demon Deacons          

Over/Under                               6½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Washington Huskies             

Over                                         10½      (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       10½       (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Washington State Cougars 

Over                                         6½        (+120, 6/5)

Under                                       6½         (-150, 2/3)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – West Virginia Mountaineers             

Over                                         7          (-200, 1/2)

Under                                       7          (+160, 8/5)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Western Kentucky Hilltoppers         

Over                                         5           (-150, 2/3)

Under                                       5          (+120, 6/5)  

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Western Michigan Broncos

Over/Under                               6½

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Wisconsin Badgers

Over                                         10         (+110, 11/10)

Under                                       10          (-140, 5/7)

 

2018 Regular Season Wins – Wyoming Cowboys

Over/Under                               6½

 

Note: North Carolina data not provided as team is under investigation

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Edelman not planning to sue NFL over suspension

Edelman not planning to sue NFL over suspension

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will not sue the NFL over a four-game suspension.

According to NFL Network, New England's top wide receiver is accepting the ban following the denial of his appeal and has no plan to sue over the suspension.

Edelman not planning to sue NFL over suspension

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will not sue the NFL over a four-game suspension.

According to NFL Network, New England’s top wide receiver is accepting the ban following the denial of his appeal and has no plan to sue over the suspension.

He will be eligible to return Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts. He can practice beginning Oct. 1, three days before the Thursday game against the Colts.

Various reports indicated Edelman’s positive test was for a substance that was not immediately recognizable.

Edelman’s suspension will keep him out of games at home against the Houston Texans, on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions, and at home against the Miami Dolphins. He will forfeit approximately $471,000 of his $2 million base salary this year.

The 32-year-old apologized on Instagram for the positive test a day after news of it broke, writing, “I don’t know what happened.” He added that he has taken “many, many tests obviously over the course of my career, and nothing like this has ever happened.”

Edelman’s personal trainer, Alex Guerrero, released a statement the day before Edelman’s apology defending the integrity of his facility, the TB12 Sports Therapy Center. Guerrero started the facility with Tom Brady and works with several Patriots players — including Brady, Edelman and Rob Gronkowski — a matter that has reportedly been a source of tension between Brady and head coach Bill Belichick.

Entering his 10th season, Edelman hasn’t played since the team’s Super Bowl LI victory in February 2017. He missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a preseason contest.

He returned to the field during the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp in June after previously attending voluntary organized team activities.

In nine NFL seasons, including last year’s campaign that was wiped out by injury, Edelman has 425 receptions for 4,540 yards and 24 touchdowns. He made 98 grabs for 1,106 yards and three scores in 2016.

–Field Level Media

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Alabama is overwhelming media choice to win SEC championship

ATLANTA (AP) — Reigning national champion Alabama has been picked to win the Southeastern Conference championship in a preseason media poll.

Alabama was selected by 193 of the 284 voters this week at SEC media days. Georgia, last year's SEC champion which lost to Alabama in the national championship game, was second with

ATLANTA (AP) — Reigning national champion Alabama has been picked to win the Southeastern Conference championship in a preseason media poll.

Alabama was selected by 193 of the 284 voters this week at SEC media days. Georgia, last year’s SEC champion which lost to Alabama in the national championship game, was second with 69 votes.

Auburn received 14 votes. South Carolina, the choice of four voters, and Florida, with two, were the only other teams named on more than one ballot.

The predicted order of finish in the SEC West was Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Georgia was picked first in the East, followed by South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Alabama had seven first-team picks on the media’s preseason all-SEC team.

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LB Harrison praises Belichick; Amendola has fond (and not-so-fond) memories

LB Harrison praises Belichick; Amendola has fond (and not-so-fond) memories

Like his team, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick can be rather polarizing.

Whether he is en evil hooded genius, or just plain evil, likely depends on whether one is a fan of his team. But when it comes to

LB Harrison praises Belichick; Amendola has fond (and not-so-fond) memories

Like his team, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick can be rather polarizing.

Whether he is en evil hooded genius, or just plain evil, likely depends on whether one is a fan of his team. But when it comes to his players, opinions usually don’t vary too much. But that’s not always the case.

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, who joined the New England Patriots late last season, said Thursday that Bill Belichick is a better head coach than Mike Tomlin.

Speaking on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed,” Steelers’ all-time sacks leader said Belichick’s name when asked to pick who was better. When asked if Belichick was “by far” better, Harrison replied, “To me, yes.”

“Mike Tomlin is good as a head coach,” Harrison said. “He’s a players’ coach. I think he needs to be a little bit more disciplined.

“The big thing with Belichick is he’s very regimented, he’s disciplined, everyone is going to be on the same page, there’s not going to be anything as far as someone doing their own thing. I think over there [in New England], their whole coaching staff is like that.”

Harrison left Pittsburgh on less-than-ideal terms, being released in December — with input from Tomlin into the decision — partly because he was reportedly showing up late or being absent over displeasure with playing time.

Also on Thursday, former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, now with Miami, talked about Belichick during a podcast on Barstool Sports. He agreed Belichick isn’t the friendliest of coaches. But he doesn’t view that in quite the same positive light as does Harrison.

Amendola called Dolphins head coach Adam Gase “one of the guys,” adding, “He’s our leader, he’s our head coach, but he’s also our boy.”

“It’s cool, it’s refreshing to have that kind of relationship with a coach, something I haven’t had in a long time,” Amendola continued. “… Back in New England, it’s almost like you had a principal and a principal’s office and s— like that; in a good way and a bad way, too.”

Amendola also called Belichick the best head coach of all time. But the wideout, who left for Miami after what he said was an inferior offer from New England, has previously had sharp words about the way Belichick handled the benching of defensive back Malcolm Butler during the team’s Super Bowl LII loss to Philadelphia.

“I don’t know the answer to that to this date,” Amendola said back in April. “I know we had 40-some-odd guys dressed up for the game, all of them didn’t play, and for whatever reason [Belichick] felt — he’s the coach, I can’t make that decision, I can only do my job. … In hindsight, it’s like, really, ‘What agenda are we on?’ It’s something I’ll probably never understand.”

“Nobody really got an explanation for it,” Amendola continued. “He’s a brother of ours. He was a brother of ours that year. And I hate to see a guy who worked so hard throughout the season not get a chance to play in the biggest game of the year and really get no explanation for it. With that said, I don’t know how the business aspect went into that decision. I don’t know how the personal aspect went into that decision between him and Bill. But as a friend, I would have loved to see him on the field that day.”

–Field Level Media

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Mowins, Griese to call Jets-Lions on MNF in Week 1

Mowins, Griese to call Jets-Lions on MNF in Week 1

For the second consecutive year, Beth Mowins will be the play-by-play announcer for one half of ESPN's Monday Night Football doubleheader in Week 1 of the regular season.

The network announced Thursday that Mowins and analyst and former NFL quarterback

Mowins, Griese to call Jets-Lions on MNF in Week 1

For the second consecutive year, Beth Mowins will be the play-by-play announcer for one half of ESPN’s Monday Night Football doubleheader in Week 1 of the regular season.

The network announced Thursday that Mowins and analyst and former NFL quarterback Brian Griese will be in the booth as the New York Jets visit the Detroit Lions at 7:10 p.m. ET on Sept. 10.

Mowins and analyst and former NFL coach Rex Ryan called the second game of the Week 1 MNF doubleheader last year — when the Los Angeles Chargers visited the Denver Broncos — making Mowins the first woman to call a nationally televised game in 30 years. She also called four games for CBS later in the season.

Griese has been a college football analyst for ESPN since 2009, after an 11-year NFL career.

Laura Rutledge will be the sideline reporter for Jets-Lions.

ESPN had previously announced that its new lead MNF trio of Joe Tessitore, Jason Witten and Booger McFarland would call the Los Angeles Rams at the Oakland Raiders in the nightcap at 10:20 p.m.

The network has typically assigned its full-time crew to the earlier game of its opening-week doubleheaders, but the Rams-Raiders matchup is expected to draw extra interest as former MNF analyst Jon Gruden makes his return as an NFL head coach for the first time since 2008.

–Field Level Media

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NFL, NFLPA issue joint statement on anthem; policy put on hold

NFL, NFLPA issue joint statement on anthem; policy put on hold

The NFL and its players association issued a joint statement Thursday evening, saying the sides are "working on a resolution to the anthem issue," and that all new rules relating to the anthem will be put on hold.

The

NFL, NFLPA issue joint statement on anthem; policy put on hold

The NFL and its players association issued a joint statement Thursday evening, saying the sides are “working on a resolution to the anthem issue,” and that all new rules relating to the anthem will be put on hold.

The statement reads in full:

“The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue. In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA’s grievance and on the NFL’s anthem policy. No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing.

“The NFL and NFLPA reflect the great values of America, which are repeatedly demonstrated by the many players doing extraordinary work in communities across our country to promote equality, fairness and justice.

“Our shared focus will remain on finding a solution to the anthem issue through mutual, good faith commitments, outside of litigation.”

The statement comes hours after news emerged that the Miami Dolphins have classified violations of the league’s new anthem policy under “conduct detrimental to the club,” which could allow — but not necessarily require — the team to fine or suspend players as punishment for violating the policy.

Multiple reports said the Dolphins — who made the classification in a discipline schedule submitted annually at the start of training camp — have made no decisions about if or how they would discipline any violations. Under the collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to impose anything from fines to a four-game suspension as punishment for regulations classified under the conduct detrimental heading.

The NFLPA filed a grievance last week challenging the NFL’s new anthem policy, saying the policy was imposed without consultation of the players and “is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights.”

The NFL and its owners passed the new policy this offseason, requiring players to “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem” or stay in the locker room during the playing of the anthem. The policy calls for fines and punishment to be charged to a player’s team for any mode of disrespect during the anthem.

Teams must pay the fines, but they can choose whether or not to punish their players, something New York Jets chairman Christopher Johnson has already said he will not do. Any punishment imposed by a team upon one of its players must come via the conduct detrimental classification.

–Field Level Media

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Dolphins label anthem policy ‘conduct detrimental’; could fine or suspend violators

Dolphins label anthem policy 'conduct detrimental'; could fine or suspend violators

The Miami Dolphins have classified violations of the league's new national anthem policy as "conduct detrimental" and could fine or suspend players who do not follow the policy, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Like all NFL teams, the Dolphins

Dolphins label anthem policy ‘conduct detrimental’; could fine or suspend violators

The Miami Dolphins have classified violations of the league’s new national anthem policy as “conduct detrimental” and could fine or suspend players who do not follow the policy, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Like all NFL teams, the Dolphins are required to provide an annual discipline schedule to the league when players report for training camp. Miami’s rookies reported Thursday.

According to multiple reports, the one-sentence anthem policy is included under a long list of “conduct detrimental to the club” in Miami’s nine-page discipline document.

Per the collective bargaining agreement, any violations of rules classified as conduct detrimental — which includes all kinds of rules including those relating to curfew and punctuality, for example — can be punished by anything from a fine to a four-game suspension. Punishment is not required for a conduct-detrimental violation, and it is entirely at the team’s discretion.

According to multiple reports, the Dolphins have not made any decisions about how — or if — they will discipline players who violate the league’s anthem policy. ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reports the team does not intend to suspend violators. The MMQB’s Albert Breer reports the team put anthem language under the conduct-detrimental section “as a placeholder, basically,” giving the team more time to decide how it will handle violations.

“The NFL required each team to submit their rules regarding the anthem before their players reported to training camp,” the team said in a statement. “We will address this issue once the season starts. All options are still open.”

Later Thursday evening, the NFL and NFL Players Association issued a joint statement on the subject of the anthem, saying the sides are “working on a resolution to the anthem issue,” and that all new rules relating to the anthem will be put on hold for “the next several weeks.”

Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills has kneeled during the anthem numerous times the last two seasons, and said in May he was still considering doing so this coming season. Newly acquired defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist during the anthem the past two years while with the Los Angeles Rams.

The NFL and its owners passed a new policy this offseason that requires players to “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem” or stay in the locker room during the playing of the anthem. The policy calls for fines and punishment to be charged to a player’s team for any mode of disrespect during the anthem.

Teams will be allowed to pay the fines for their players, something New York Jets chairman Christopher Johnson has already said he will do, or they can choose to punish their players. Any punishment imposed by a team upon one of its players must come via the conduct detrimental classification.

Last week, the NFLPA filed a non-injury grievance challenging the new policy, saying it was imposed without consultation of the players and “is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights.”

The owners set the new rule in an attempt to quash the silent protests that started in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, took a knee during the anthem in what he said was a stand against racial injustice.

–Field Level Media

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2018 NFL Team Schedules

All Times Eastern
(x-subject to change)
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Baltimore Ravens

Sept. 9 Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 13 at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sept. 23 Denver, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Oct. 7 at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

All Times Eastern
(x-subject to change)
AMERICAN CONFERENCE
Baltimore Ravens

Sept. 9 Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 13 at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sept. 23 Denver, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Oct. 7 at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 at Tennessee, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 New Orleans, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 at Carolina, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 4 Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 11 BYE

Nov. 18 Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 25 Oakland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 16 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 22 or 23 at Los Angeles Chargers, TBD

Dec. 30 Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Buffalo Bills

Sept. 9 at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 16 Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 7 Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 29 New England, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Nov. 4 Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 18 BYE

Nov. 25 Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 16 Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 30 Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Cincinnati Bengals

Sept. 9 at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 13 Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sept. 23 at Carolina, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 7 Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 28 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 25 Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 Denver, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 16 Oakland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 23 at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 30 at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Cleveland Browns

Sept. 9 Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 16 at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 20 New York Jets, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sept. 30 at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 4 Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 11 Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 BYE

Nov. 25 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 15 at Denver, 4:30 or 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Dec. 23 Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 30 at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Denver Broncos

Sept. 9 Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 Oakland, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 1 Kansas City, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 7 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 18 at Arizona, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Oct. 28 at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 4 Houston, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 11 BYE

Nov. 18 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 25 Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 15 Cleveland, 4:30 or 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Dec. 24 at Oakland, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 30 Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Houston Texans

Sept. 9 at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 16 at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 7 Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Oct. 14 Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 25 Miami, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Nov. 4 at Denver, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 11 BYE

Nov. 18 at Washington, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 26 Tennessee, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 2 Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 15 at New York Jets, 4:30 or 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Dec. 23 at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 30 Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Indianapolis Colts

Sept. 9 Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 16 at Washington, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 4 at New England, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Oct. 14 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 28 at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 18 Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 25 Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 16 Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 22 or 23 New York Giants, TBD

Dec. 30 at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Sept. 9 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 New England, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 28 Philadelphia, 9:30 a.m. (London-NFLN)

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 18 Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 25 at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 6 at Tennessee, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Dec. 16 Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 22 or 23 at Miami, TBD

Dec. 30 at Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Kansas City Chiefs

Sept. 9 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 16 at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 San Francisco, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 1 at Denver, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 7 Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 at New England, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Oct. 21 Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 28 Denver, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 4 at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 11 Arizona, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 19 at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. (Mexico City-ESPN)

Nov. 25 BYE

Dec. 2 at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 13 Los Angeles Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Dec. 23 at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 30 Oakland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Los Angles Chargers

Sept. 9 Kansas City, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 16 at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 7 Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 Tennessee, 9:30 a.m. (London-CBS)

Oct. 28 BYE

Nov. 4 at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 11 at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 Denver, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 25 Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 2 at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 13 at Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Dec. 22 or 23 Baltimore, TBD

Dec. 30 at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Miami Dolphins

Sept. 9 Tennessee, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 Oakland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 7 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 25 at Houston, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Nov. 4 New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 11 at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 18 BYE

Nov. 25 at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 16 at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 22 or 23 Jacksonville, TBD

Dec. 30 at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

New England Patriots

Sept. 9 Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 16 at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 at Detroit, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sept. 30 Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 4 Indianapolis, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Oct. 14 Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Oct. 21 at Chicago, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 29 at Buffalo, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Nov. 4 Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 11 at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 18 BYE

Nov. 25 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 Minnesota, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 16 at Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 23 Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 30 New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

New York Jets

Sept. 10 at Detroit, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)

Sept. 16 Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 20 at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Sept. 30 at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 Denver, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 at Chicago, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 4 at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 11 Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 18 BYE

Nov. 25 New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 15 Houston, 4:30 or 8:20 p.m. (NFLN)

Dec. 23 Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 at New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oakland Raiders

Sept. 10 Los Angeles Rams, 10:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Sept. 16 at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 at Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 Cleveland, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 Seattle (London), 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 BYE

Oct. 28 Indianapolis, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 1 at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Nov. 11 Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 25 at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 Kansas City, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 16 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 24 Denver, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 30 at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Sept. 9 at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 16 Kansas City, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 24 at Tampa Bay, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Sept. 30 Baltimore, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Oct. 7 Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 14 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 BYE

Oct. 28 Cleveland, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 4 at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 8 Carolina, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Nov. 18 at Jacksonville, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 25 at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 Los Angeles Chargers, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 at Oakland, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 16 New England, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 23 at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 30 Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Tennessee Titans

Sept. 9 at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 14 Baltimore, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 at Los Angeles Chargers, 9:30 a.m. (London-CBS)

Oct. 28 BYE

Nov. 5 at Dallas, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Nov. 11 New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 18 at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 26 at Houston, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 2 New York Jets, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 6 Jacksonville, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Dec. 16 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 22 or 23 Washington, TBD

Dec. 30 Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Arizona Cardinals

Sept. 9 Washington, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 Chicago, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 at San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 14 at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 18 Denver, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Oct. 28 San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 Oakland, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 25 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 2 at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 Detroit, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 Los Angeles Rams, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Atlanta Falcons

Sept. 6 at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sept. 16 Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 7 at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 14 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 22 New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 28 BYE

Nov. 4 at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 22 at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 2 Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 9 at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 Arizona, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Carolina Panthers

Sept. 9 Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 30 BYE

Oct. 7 New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 14 at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 Baltimore, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 4 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 8 at Pittsburgh, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Nov. 18 at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 25 Seattle, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 2 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 at Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 17 New Orleans, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 23 Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Chicago Bears

Sept. 9 at Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sept. 17 Seattle, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Sept. 23 at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 BYE

Oct. 14 at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 New England, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 28 New York Jets, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 4 at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 22 at Detroit, 12:30 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dallas Cowboys

Sept. 9 at Carolina, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 New York Giants, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sept. 23 at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 at Houston, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Oct. 14 Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 21 at Washington, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 28 BYE

Nov. 5 Tennessee, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Nov. 11 at Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 18 at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 22 Washington, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 29 New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Dec. 9 Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Detroit Lions

Sept. 10 New York Jets, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN)

Sept. 16 at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 New England, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sept. 30 at Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 14 BYE

Oct. 21 at Miami, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 Seattle, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 4 at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 22 Chicago, 12:30 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 2 Los Angeles Rams, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Green Bay Packers

Sept. 9 Chicago, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sept. 16 Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 7 at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 15 San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 21 BYE

Oct. 28 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 4 at New England, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 11 Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 15 at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Nov. 25 at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 2 Arizona, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Los Angeles Rams

Sept. 10 at Oakland, 10:20 p.m. (ESPN)

Sept. 16 Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 27 Minnesota, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Oct. 7 at Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 14 at Denver, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 at San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Oct. 28 Green Bay, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 4 at New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 Seattle, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 19 Kansas City, 8:15 p.m. (Mexico City-ESPN)

Nov. 25 BYE

Dec. 2 at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 23 at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 San Francisco, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Minnesota Vikings

Sept. 9 San Francisco, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 at Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 Buffalo, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 27 at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Oct. 7 at Philadelphia, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 14 Arizona, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 at New York Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 4 Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 BYE

Nov. 18 at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 25 Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 2 at New England, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 10 at Seattle, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 16 Miami, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 23 at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

New Orleans Saints

Sept. 9 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 at New York Giants, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 8 Washington, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 14 BYE

Oct. 21 at Baltimore, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 at Minnesota, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 4 Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 22 Atlanta, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 29 at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Dec. 9 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 17 at Carolina, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 23 Pittsburgh, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 30 Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

New York Giants

Sept. 9 Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 at Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sept. 23 at Houston, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 New Orleans, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 7 at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 11 Philadelphia, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Oct. 22 at Atlanta, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 28 Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 12 at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Nov. 18 Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 25 at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 2 Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 Tennessee, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 22 or 23 at Indianapolis, TBD

Dec. 30 Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Philadelphia Eagles

Sept. 6 Atlanta, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Sept. 16 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 Minnesota, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 11 at New York Giants, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Oct. 21 Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 at Jacksonville, 9:30 a.m. (London-NFLN)

Nov. 4 BYE

Nov. 11 Dallas, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Nov. 18 at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 25 New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 3 Washington, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 9 at Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 at Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 23 Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 30 at Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

San Francisco 49ers

Sept. 9 at Minnesota, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 Detroit, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 23 at Kansas City, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 7 Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 15 at Green Bay, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 21 Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Oct. 28 at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 1 Oakland, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Nov. 12 New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Nov. 18 BYE

Nov. 25 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 2 at Seattle, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 9 Denver, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Dec. 16 Seattle, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 Chicago, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Seattle Seahawks

Sept. 9 at Denver, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 17 at Chicago, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Sept. 23 Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 14 at Oakland (London), 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 BYE

Oct. 28 at Detroit, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 4 Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 11 at Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 15 Green Bay, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFLN)

Nov. 25 at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 2 San Francisco, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 10 Minnesota, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 16 at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 Kansas City, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)

Dec. 30 Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sept. 9 at New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 24 Pittsburgh, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Sept. 30 at Chicago, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 7 BYE

Oct. 14 at Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 Cleveland, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 28 at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 4 at Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 Washington, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 25 San Francisco, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 2 Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 9 New Orleans, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 at Baltimore, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 23 at Dallas, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 30 Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Washington Redskins

Sept. 9 at Arizona, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 16 Indianapolis, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sept. 23 Green Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Sept. 30 BYE

Oct. 8 at New Orleans, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Oct. 14 Carolina, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Oct. 21 Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)

Oct. 28 at New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 4 Atlanta, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 11 at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Nov. 18 Houston, 1 p.m. (CBS)

Nov. 22 at Dallas, 4:30 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 3 at Philadelphia, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Dec. 9 New York Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 16 at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. (FOX)

Dec. 22 or 23 at Tennessee, TBD

Dec. 30 Philadelphia, 1 p.m. (FOX)

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NFL notebook: Dolphins could suspend players for anthem protests

NFL notebook: Dolphins could suspend players for anthem protests

The Miami Dolphins have classified violations of the league's new national anthem policy as "conduct detrimental" and could fine or suspend players who do not follow the policy, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Like all NFL teams, the Dolphins are required

NFL notebook: Dolphins could suspend players for anthem protests

The Miami Dolphins have classified violations of the league’s new national anthem policy as “conduct detrimental” and could fine or suspend players who do not follow the policy, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Like all NFL teams, the Dolphins are required to provide an annual discipline schedule to the league when players report for training camp. Miami’s rookies reported Thursday. According to multiple reports, the one-sentence anthem policy is included under a long list of “conduct detrimental to the club” in Miami’s nine-page discipline document.

Per the collective bargaining agreement, any violations of rules classified as conduct detrimental — which includes all kinds of rules including those relating to curfew and punctuality, for example — can be punished by anything from a fine to a four-game suspension. Punishment is not required for a conduct-detrimental violation, and it is entirely at the team’s discretion.

According to multiple reports, the Dolphins have not made any decisions about how — or if — they will discipline players who violate the league’s anthem policy. ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reports the team does not intend to suspend violators. The MMQB’s Albert Breer reports the team put anthem language under the conduct-detrimental section “as a placeholder, basically,” giving the team more time to decide how it will handle violations.

–One day after Jurrell Casey voiced he would continue to protest against social injustices during the national anthem before games, the Tennessee Titans said they plan to sit down with their star defensive tackle.

Casey told CNN during a promotional stop in London that he intends to continue protesting despite the new NFL edict that players are to show respect while the anthem is being played. Teams will be fined if one of their players doesn’t follow the policy.

“In the case of Jurrell Casey, I think our head coach (Mike Vrabel) and general manager (Jon Robinson) are interested in having a conversation after he gets back from the United Kingdom,” Titans CEO and team president Steve Underwood said at a sports authority meeting in Nashville on Thursday, according to the Tennessean. “We think there may be some misunderstanding on his part. Because the new league policy does not provide anywhere that fines are made against players. If a player doesn’t stand, the teams can be fined, but not the players.”

–Julio Jones has been informed the Atlanta Falcons are not in position to address his contract in 2018, according to multiple reports.

According to a report by The Athletic, the Falcons discussed their financial situation and the need for Jones to wait in line.

The All-Pro wide receiver has been away from the team during the offseason, which began with Jones causing consternation in Atlanta by deleting references to the team on his social media accounts. Jones, who signed a five-year, $71 million deal in 2015, could become a priority after the upcoming season.

–First-round pick Roquan Smith was absent as the Chicago Bears reported to training camp.

The linebacker, selected eighth overall in the NFL draft, is expected to be an immediate contributor after winning the Butkus Award at Georgia last season as college football’s top linebacker. He has yet to sign a contract that will pay him about $18.5 million over four years.

“We’re optimistic he’ll be here soon,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said at the camp-opening news conference on Thursday, adding that there’s “no time frame” for signing Smith. “We know it’s a process.”

–Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith returned to practice for the first time since Achilles surgery, after being limited to individual drills during last month’s minicamp.

The Ravens will closely monitor the 29-year-old Smith, coach John Harbaugh said, and provide him extra rest as he ramps up workouts.

Baltimore took the cautious approach with offensive guard Marshal Yanda by placing him on the physically unable to perform list on Wednesday. Yanda, 33, is recovered from ankle surgery but an offseason operation on his shoulder will limit his participation over the next 4-6 weeks. The six-time Pro Bowl selection is expected to be ready for the regular season.

–Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles led all NFL players in merchandise sales from March to May, according to the quarterly report released by the NFL Players Association.

Foles clipped his counterpart from that Super Bowl, New England Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady, for the top spot, with fellow Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz ranking third.

New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley finished fourth, though he ranked first in jerseys sold. Teammate Odell Beckham Jr. finished ninth on the overall merchandise list.

–The Minnesota Vikings signed first-round cornerback Mike Hughes to a contract, the team announced.

Terms were not announced, but Hughes’ four-year deal will pay him around $9.3 million with a signing bonus approaching $5 million, based on his 30th overall draft slot. Like all deals for first-round picks, his contract includes a fifth-year team option.

Hughes, 21, was considered one of the draft’s top cornerback prospects, but he slid a little due to off-field concerns. Hughes is expected to rotate into a deep cornerback group that includes Xavier Rhodes, 2015 first-rounder Trae Waynes, 39-year-old veteran Terence Newman and 2016 second-round pick Mackensie Alexander.

–Field Level Media

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Foles led all NFL merchandise sales during spring

Foles led all NFL merchandise sales during spring

Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles led all NFL players in merchandise sales from March to May, according to the quarterly report released by the NFL Players Association on Thursday.

Foles clipped his counterpart from that Super Bowl, New England Patriots signal-caller

Foles led all NFL merchandise sales during spring

Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles led all NFL players in merchandise sales from March to May, according to the quarterly report released by the NFL Players Association on Thursday.

Foles clipped his counterpart from that Super Bowl, New England Patriots signal-caller Tom Brady, for the top spot, with fellow Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz ranking third.

New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley finished fourth, though he ranked first in jerseys sold. Teammate Odell Beckham Jr. finished ninth on the overall merchandise list.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott rounded out the top five, with his teammate, running back Ezekiel Elliott ranking seventh.

Also in the top 10 were Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (sixth), San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (eighth) and Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (10th).

–Field Level Media

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