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THE entire Dallas Cowboys squad took a stand against US president Donald Trump by taking a knee during the national anthem with their game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The entire Dallas Cowboys squad took a knee during the national anthem

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The entire Dallas Cowboys squad took a knee during the national anthem

Donald Trump caused a major uproar at the weekend when he referred to NFL players who ‘take a knee’ during the national anthem as “sons of b******”.

And his comments were met with widespread reaction from the players in protest against the president’s attack on the league.

Over the course of the weekend matches, many players in the NFL took part in a silent protest by either taking a knee or locking arms to protest against social injustice and racism during the national anthem.

And the Dallas Cowboys became the latest NFL side to take part in the protest during the national anthem ahead of their match against the Arizona Cardinals.

Before the match it was reported the team would possibly take part in the protest with one player stating Trump “crossed a line”.

One player said, “We have to do something.”

Said another, “It’s not going to be business as usual. He crossed a line. Something will be done.”

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Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after scoring the game-winning touchdown over cornerback Rashard Robinson #33 and cornerback Jimmie Ward #25 of the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. Arizona won 18-15.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) reacts after catching the game-winning touchdown over Rashard Robinson (33) and Jimmie Ward (25) of the 49ers on Sunday.

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SANTA CLARA — What had been a respectable showing for the 49ers’ pass defense — or at least an improvement over its last outing — all went up in smoke once Carson Palmer had the ball in his hands with 2:24 to go in overtime.

Some miscommunication in the 49ers’ secondary opened the door just enough for the Arizona Cardinals quarterback to find Larry Fitzgerald open for a 19-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left in overtime, handing San Francisco a gut-wrenching 18-15 loss Sunday.Prior to the touchdown, Palmer completed 5 of 7 passes for 58 yards on the decisive drive, taking advantage of the 49ers’ zone defense on the first two plays then finding a soft spot in coverage on the game-winning throw.

Up until overtime, the 49ers had held Palmer to a reasonable 240 passing yards, and sacked him six times.

That would have represented a vast improvement over the 292 yards they allowed to Jared Goff and the Los Angeles Rams 10 days prior. Goff was not sacked and threw for three touchdowns Sept. 21 at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers have now allowed 961 passing yards this season, ninth most in the NFL.

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Palmer began the drive with a pair of 11-yard completions to Andre Ellington, quickly moving the ball to the Arizona 47 with 1:54 to go in the extra session.

“When you play zone with a four-man rush, you drop and they checked it down to the back right away,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday. “We want those to be five-yard gains. We’ve got to break to the ball a little bit faster, make better tackles in that situation.”

Just before the touchdown, the only one of the game, NaVorro Bowman picked up a shoe that had come off Ellington’s foot. He flung it out of the way, returned, then got the call from the 49ers sideline as to what defense to run for the next down.

The sequence of events might have been just enough to throw off the 49ers for the game-deciding play.

“Things are going fast, you’re trying to get the communication in for the calls, you get it to NaVorro, he relays it to the D-Linemen, the secondary,” Shanahan said. “(Arizona) got up there, they got set fast, and there was just a little hesitation in our secondary.

“We ended up getting to the right spots, but we were a foot behind, and when you do that versus a good quarterback and especially (Fitzgerald) going down the seam, they made us pay.”

Bowman was emphatic after the game that officials should have blown the whistle to make sure the shoe was not in anybody’s way.

Shanahan said, “We ended up being on our assignments. We were a little off our landmarks.”

Fitzgerald ran past nickel back K’Wuan Williams and had inside position on Rashard Robinson, giving Palmer a sizable target for the throw. The 49ers had three safeties in the game with four linebackers.

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Veteran running back Chris Johnson is on a mission to prove to the Arizona Cardinals that it was a mistake to release him

The Arizona Cardinals must’ve had their reasons. Perhaps it was the fumbling by Chris Johnson that got him released by the club. Maybe it was the fact that the running back would soon be turning 32, an age that most playing the position are hitting a wall.

All of that mattered very little when Cardinals’ star David Johnson suffered a severe wrist injury during the season opener. The two to three month prognosis called for a roster move to be made. Right then and there, it was obvious who general manager Steve Keim would be calling.

“CJ2K” barely started getting acclimated to the everyday life of a normal person when he was summoned back to the nest. Any resentment that Johnson may have been carrying for being let go would have to be placed aside. The NFL is a business where personal feelings have no place.

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When the Cowboys visit Arizona of late, it’s provided quite the show. The last three times, it’s been decided at the very end.

* In 2008, the game goes to overtime, and the Sean Morey blocks a punt, with Monty Beisel recovering in the end zone for a 30-24 win;
* In 2010, on Christmas night, the Cardinals blew a 21-3 lead and then got a Jay Feely field goal with five seconds left for a 27-26 win;
* In 2011, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey misses a 49-yard field goal on the final play of regulation and the game went to overtime. LaRod Stephens-Howling then grabbed a Kevin Kolb dump pass and raced 52 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Whether we’ll see that kind of drama Monday night is unlikely, but you can’t really know. This is a game where you figure to get a much better read on the Cardinals. No early start time to gum up the works, no road game. If the Cards are going to show more than they have, this is the time and place.

“The Cowboys are apparently ‘America’s Team’ so there will be a lot of eyes on this matchup,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said.

In a weekend in which I’m guessing a lot of eyes will be everywhere on the NFL after the President’s comments and the league-wide reaction to them, Cardinals-Cowboys will cap what will likely be an emotional weekend all around. A win would do wonders for the Cards’ emotion too.

— I like the concept from Frostee Rucker about the Cardinals staying together one way or the other when it comes to potential protest. The idea that sports can stay separate from where we are as a country, though, that’s long past.

— As expected, John Brown is going to sit again (so will D.J. Humphries), and so J.J. Nelson becomes important again. Not ideal that he’s listed as questionable, or that your speed merchant is dealing with a hamstring. If I had to guess, I’d think Nelson plays, but if he was limited all week, there has to be concern with how much he can do.

— It looks like the Cards finally get Deone Bucannon back. As for the questionable Mike Iupati, after the job Alex Boone did last week, if you aren’t sure, it makes sense to me to stick with Boone again.

— Speaking of Boone, there was some learning-on-the-fly last week. “I’m not even kidding, there was a play where I was like, ‘I have no idea what’s going on,’ ” Boone said. “Carson (Palmer) looked at me and told me and was like ‘SET, GOOOO!’ Hey man, trial by fire, right?”

–All this talk about offensive line play – the Cardinals certainly have had their share – there was a great quote by Browns stud left tackle Joe Thomas this week.

“As offensive linemen, we consider ourselves mushrooms because we get thrown in the corner of a dark room and people pile poop on us and then expect us to grow,” Thomas said. “So that is why we are mushrooms.”

I have not had a chance to run the mushroom analogy past any of the Cards’ linemen.

— One lineman who actually played tight end this week was rookie guard Will Holden, who played 15 snaps at tight end last week because Jermaine Gresham was hurt and he was a better blocking option in heavy packages than Ifeanyi Momah. Holden said he’d never played tight end before. Ever. In college, he came in for similar heavy packages but he played inside while they had another offensive lineman be the tight end.

“I felt fine,” Holden said. “It’s a little different view of the defense because you’re wider out and it’s a little harder to hear. But once you settle into the game, you’re just playing football.”

Holden said he was happy with his play, although he was willing to allow, smiling, that how well he did was “up for debate.” OL coach Harold Goodwin said Holden needed to finish blocks better. Holden probably won’t be needed this week now that Gresham is back, but it’s an option going forward.

— The last time the Cardinals hosted the Cowboys on “Monday Night Football” was 1995, when Larry Centers made his incredible leap, Buddy Ryan left before the game was over and cameras were capturing footage later used in the movie “Jerry Maguire.”

“Everybody loves Jerry Maguire,” Larry Fitzgerald said. “ ‘Show me the money.’ It’s what Monday night is all about.”

(Speaking of Maguire, it makes you think back to Rod Tidwell, right?)

— Bruce Arians, after the win in Indy, now has 42 victories as Cardinals head coach. It ties him with Don Coryell for second-most in team history (Ken Whisenhunt has the top mark with 49.) B.A. was asked what he thought of that.

“It was a bad team for a long time,” Arians deadpanned. Seriously, though, “to be even mentioned with Coach Coryell, that’s mind-boggling to me,” Arians added. “He was one of my great idols and watching that team play.”

— A random tidbit Fitz revealed this week, of which I have no recollection: He played special teams as a rookie. He was on punt return, as an outside blocker taking on the opposing gunner.

“I played hold-up guy,” Fitzgerald said. “I was pretty good at it too. Me and Nate Poole, we held it down out there.”

Poole, if you remember, was on the receiving end of the famous McCown-to-Poole TD pass in the last game of 2003 to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs and send the Cards from the No. 1 overall pick to No. 3. Probably got them Fitzgerald in the first place. Now that’s drama.

See everyone Monday night.

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The Arizona Cardinals have run into a depth issue at tight end to start the season

All seemed fine in training camp and the preseason for the Arizona Cardinals at the tight end position.  That feeling didn’t last more than one game into the new season.

Jermaine Gresham got injured against the Detroit Lions.  On Thursday he did not practice.  Then Troy Niklas all a sudden came down with an injury.  He too did not practice.

DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Arizona Cardinals tries to break the tackle of Tavon Wilson #32 of the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on September 10, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 35-23. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

There was hope that the Cardinals would use the tight end more in the passing game this season with the questionable depth at receiver.  Gresham was re-signed in the offseason in the hopes of building on what he accomplished in 2016.

Gresham had 37 receptions for 391-yards and two touchdowns.  It was an improvement over his 18 receptions for 223-yards and a touchdown in his first season in Arizona in 2015.

Niklas has battled the injury bug pretty much since the time he arrived in Arizona.  Now he’s hurt again and you have to wonder about him going forward.

The Cardinals generally look for blocking first from their tight ends but they could become a huge part of the offense and the short passing game with the absence of running back David Johnson. After Gresham and Niklas is Ifeanyi Momah.They have Ricky Seals-Jones on the practice squad.  It sure seems like however that the Cardinals are not only worried about Gresham and Niklas this weekend but with what Momah and Seals-Jones can provide.

With that in mind, the Cardinals are reportedly bringing back Jim Dray.  You remember Dray. He caught all of seven passes in his first three seasons in Arizona.

In 2013, coach Bruce Arians’ first season in Arizona, Dray was a little more involved in the offense. He caught 26 passes for 215-yards and two touchdowns.  After that he moved on to Cleveland for two seasons.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that they have signed CB Ryan Lewis to the practice squad.

Lewis, 23, was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as rookie free agent out of Pittsburgh on May 2, 2017. The 6-foot, 200-pounder, was released by Arizona on Sept. 2, signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3 and then released from the practice squad on Sept. 12. He played in 51 games over his college career at Pitt and started all 12 games as a senior in 2016, finishing with 79 total tackles, two interceptions and eight passes defensed.

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Chicago Bears tight end Dion Sims (88) is hit by Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Scooby Wright, left, during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

The Arizona Cardinals re-signed former University of Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright to the practice squad Wednesday.

Wright, The 2016 seventh-round pick by the Cleveland Browns signed with the Cardinals in December of 2016, but was cut to make way for the 53-man roster and signed to the team’s practice squad this year.

Linebacker Philip Wheeler was originally on the 53-man roster, but due to his contract situation, he was released by the team. If Wheeler would have suited up, his $695,000 contract would have been guaranteed. Wright was signed to take his place on the active roster on Sept. 8 prior to week one’s showdown against the Detroit Lions, but was inactive for the game.

The Cardinals flip-flopped that move on Monday by re-signing Wheeler and releasing Wright.

In five preseason games with Arizona, Wright totaled 18 tackles and forced a fumble.

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Arizona Cardinals’ safety Tyrann Mathieu can no longer blame injuries for his less than impressive play over the last year

The Arizona Cardinals should be feeling a little nervous by now. When an organization hands over a ton of money to one of it’s players, it rightfully expects alot in return. The Cards’ front office has to be hoping it didn’t make a mistake with this one.

In August of 2016, the Cardinals inked defensive back Tyrann Mathieu to a five-year, $62.5 million extension. Despite suffering two torn ACLs since joining Arizona in 2013, the club’s third-round draft pick nevertheless convinced management he was worth the risk.

GLENDALE, AZ – AUGUST 19: Tyrann Mathieu #32 of the Arizona Cardinals prepares for a game against the Chicago Bears at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 19, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Mathieu parlayed an absolute stellar campaign in 2015 into the monstrous contract. The safety played incredibly that season, registering 89 tackles,17 passes defensed, five interceptions, a sack and a touchdown. All of that was accomplished in just 14 contests, before the second of his major knee injuries occurred in December of that year.

Since then, the “Honey Badger’s” play has been underwhelming to say the least. More injuries cost Mathieu six games in 2016. In the 10 appearances he did make, the 5’9″, 186 pounder tallied just 35 tackles, four pass breakups, one pick and one sack.

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Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Ed Stinson pressures Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during an NFL preseason game on Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.
Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Ed Stinson pressures Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during an NFL preseason game on Aug. 9, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo)

Defensive tackle Ed Stinson won’t be stuck on the Arizona Cardinals’ injured reserve all season. But to play again in the NFL, the former Alabama standout needs another opportunity.

The Cardinals waived Stinson on Tuesday. He had been on injured reserve since Sept. 4.

Arizona waived Stinson with an injury designation when it reduced its roster from the preseason size of 90 players to the regular-season limit of 53 on Sept. 2. When Stinson cleared waivers, he reverted to the team’s injured reserve.

Stinson suffered a hamstring injury at the Cardinals’ third training-camp practice in July. He did not play in any of Arizona’s five preseason games.

At a press conference early in training camp, Arizona coach Bruce Arians was asked if Stinson had lived up to expectations since joining the Cardinals as a fifth-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.

“Yeah, when he’s healthy,” Arians answered. “He’s just never healthy. That’s been his main problem.”

Stinson missed 19 of the Cardinals’ 48 regular-season games and one of their three playoff games in three years. Stinson played in 10 regular-season games in 2014, 15 in 2015 and four in 2016.

Alabama NFL roundup: C.J. Mosley in Pro Bowl form

Alabama NFL roundup: C.J. Mosley in Pro Bowl form

On the first Sunday of the NFL’s 2017 season, 24 former Alabama players got on the field.

Stinson was starting in the defensive line by the fifth game of his rookie season and received a game ball after the sixth. However, a toe injury sidelined him for four games, and, after one game back, Stinson went on injured reserve for the rest of the season in 2014.In his second NFL season, Stinson played a regular role in the defensive-line rotation for the Cardinals, including making two starts and playing in a pair of playoff games. He recorded his only NFL sack in 2015.

Toe and hip injuries limited Stinson to four games, with one start, in his third season with Arizona. He played only once in the final 13 games of 2016.

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New England continues to take a close look at free agent passers.

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On the day after their blowout week one loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, the New England Patriots brought in multiple players for free agency workouts. The first group included three players, among them quarterback Thad Lewis. The second group of workouts featured three passers, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Let’s take a look at them.

QB Matt Barkley

After playing his college career at USC, Matt Barkley was selected by the Philadelphia Eaglesin the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft. However, Barkley struggled to carve out a role on the Eagles’ roster and was subsequently traded to the Arizona Cardinals. The 27-year old had stints with the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers afterwards but again was unable to make a positive impact. Last week, the 49ers released the 6’2, 225 lbs passer during final roster cutdown – since then, Barkley was a free agent.

QB Matt McGloin

After not getting picked during the 2013 NFL draft, Matt McGloin signed a free agency contract with the Oakland Raiders. The 6’1, 210 quarterback spent the first four years of his career in California, seeing spot-duty as a backup and part-time starter. Overall, McGloin appeared in 13 games, completing 161 of 277 pass attempts for 1,868 yards as well as 11 touchdown and 11 picks. After a short stint with the Eagles, McGloin now is a free agent.

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