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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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They join the protest started by Colin Kaepernick.

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Dontari Poe and Grady Jarrett joined the ranks of NFL players protesting during the national anthem on Sunday, taking a knee prior to the Week 3 matchup between the Falcons and the Lions. Their teammates stood with locked arms in a show of solidarity.

Eight Lions players knelt during the anthem.

For players like Colin Kaepernick and his former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, and so many others who have joined the protest, the choice to kneel during the national anthem represents opposition to ongoing oppression of black Americans in the United States.

Players’ decisions to protest during the anthem has been met with mixed sentiments, from support for the cause to a “stick to sports” mentality. That was the gist of comments from President Donald Trump, who suggested that team owners should fire any “son of a bitch” who kneels.

Arthur Blank released a statement denouncing Trump’s perspective, and Steve Wyche reported that Blank would join the team on the field on Sunday for the anthem to show his support for his players.

“Creating division or demonizing viewpoints that are different than our own accomplishes nothing positive and undermines our collective ability to achieve the ideals of our democracy,” Blank’s statement read.

Kaepernick continued his protest all last season to demonstrate that the liberties and rights represented by the national anthem and the American flag should be enjoyed universally by all Americans.

“I’m going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed,” Kaepernick said. “To me, this is something that has to change. When there’s significant change and I feel that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.”

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers and remains unemployed. Many believe he is being blackballed due to his protest, even though he said he did not plan to continue kneeling this season.

After Brandon Marshall remained kneeling for the anthem prior to the Broncos’ Week 1 Thursday Night Football matchup last year against the Panthers, he emphasized that he was simply standing against oppression.

“I’m not against the military. I’m not against the police or America,” Marshall said, according to Cameron Wolfe of the Denver Post. “I’m against social injustice.”

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Everything you need to know about the Patriots practice squad.

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The New England Patriots are setting their final roster and they’re now able to establish their practice squad. They will be adding ten players that will serve as a scout team for the regular season and serve as depth in case of injury.

The Patriots had plenty of players they released that they should be interested in retaining on the practice squad. Players like RB D.J. Foster, WR Cody Hollister, WR Austin Carr, TE James O’Shaughnessy, EDGE Geneo Grissom, CB Kenny Moore, and S Damarius Travisare just a few of the former Patriots that the team should ask to return.

New England has also shown an interest in paying their practice squad players more than the minimum salary- and sometimes as much as rostered players- in order to keep them in the fold.

Here are the players known to join the Patriots practice squad.

  1. RB D.J. Foster (source and analysis)
  2. OG Ted Karras (source and analysis)
  3. FS Damarius Travis (source and analysis)
  4. FS David Jones (source and analysis)
  5. DE Geneo Grissom (source and analysis)
  6. WR Cody Hollister (source and analysis)
  7. OC James Ferentz (source and analysis)
  8. LB Trevor Bates (source and analysis)
  9. TBD
  10. TBD

Here are the rules for the practice squad below.

What is the practice squad?

Each team is allowed one group of players who do now count against the 53-man roster. The practice squad is used, typically, to develop a younger player, while also giving the team a group of players who are used to replicate the offense or defense of the up coming opponent.

How big is the practice squad?

Two years ago, the NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed to a temporary expansion of the practice squad to ten players. That expansion was set to expire this year, but was renewed in the offseason. That will allow each team to carry 10 additional players throughout the season.

Eligiblilty

The standard eligibility for a player to be added to the practice squad is he is a free agent and has not accrued two years of NFL service. A player can only be on a practice squad for three seasons total in his career (six weeks on a practice squad in a seasons counts as a season for these purposes).

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