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Jackie Robinson at a team training camp in Vero Beach, Florida, 1949.
By Curt Gunther/Keystone/Archive Photos/Getty Images.

History can be made quietly. The crowd was an anemic 11,278 when the Pittsburgh Pirates fielded the first all-black and Latino starting team in Major League history on Sept. 1, 1971. And the press didn’t pay much attention to the lineup at Three Rivers Stadium that night, certainly nothing vaguely close to coverage of Jackie Robinson’s arrival with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

Now it’s the Major Players themselves who seem to symbolize indifference—at least when it comes to the race-driven protests of pro football and basketball players over police brutality, Donald Trump and the national anthem. Catcher Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland A’s is the one MLB player to kneel.

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The NFL season is inching closer. Through July, Shutdown Corner will examine three big questions for each NFL team as it heads to training camp.

Report date: July 28 for rookies and veterans
Where: Nashville

1. Will Marcus Mariota be healthy and take another step?

After seeing Jake Locker, another top-10 draft pick, languish for several years before retiring, Titans fans hoped Mariota wouldn’t suffer the same fate. So far, so good. As a second-year pro last season, the former No. 2 overall pick took a gigantic leap, totaling 28 total touchdowns (two rushing) and tossing just nine interceptions. What made Mariota so special was his decision making when it mattered most. For the second consecutive season, he didn’t throw a single interception in the red zone. As one of the league’s most enticing dual-threat quarterbacks, we can expect him to take another step in his third year. The biggest question with Mariota in training camp will be the state of his right leg, which was broken late last season. All the signs so far are good in his recovery, but he’ll be watched closely before the season starts.

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Episode 73 of the #RedskinsTalk podcast is here.

Redskins Insiders JP Finlay and Rich Tandler are looking forward to a fun trip to Richmond for Redskins training camp.

The two discuss the very good and very bad of training camp.




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With training camp set to begin next month, previews the current state of the Redskins’ roster, starting today with the team’s quarterbacks.

The Washington Redskins will head to training camp this year with a clear hierarchy at the quarterback position.

At the top of the depth chart is sixth-year veteran Kirk Cousins. Backing him up this season will be Colt McCoy and rookie Nate Sudfeld.



After solidifying himself as a starting quarterback in the NFL during a breakout 2015 season, Kirk Cousins continued his strong individual play in 2016.

The Michigan State product started all 16 regular season games once again, throwing for more than 4,900 yards with 25 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions while leading the Redskins to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 1996-97 seasons.



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Welcome to the slowest six weeks of the NFL calendar, when players are soaking up their last days of off-season before training camp begins in late July. With that being said, let’s take a look at the three other AFC North teams and their respective outlooks post-spring activities.


The Ravens made a splash in early June when they signed veteran receiver Jeremy Maclin to a two-year contract. Maclin, previously cut by the Chiefs, provides Joe Flacco with a versatile weapon on the outside that, judging by the last three years, still should have a lot left at age 29. Although Maclin finished with career lows last season in receptions (44), yards (536) and touchdowns (two), he was playing with a torn groin for a majority of the season and missed four games. When healthy, however, Maclin posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with the Eagles and Chiefs in 2014 and 2015, averaging 14 yards per catch with 35 receptions of 20 yards or more. The Ravens ranked 12th in passing yards per game last season, averaging less than 257 yards.

The Ravens were bitten by injury during OTAs. Veteran tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a hip injury in practice on a non-contact play. Pitta has a history of serious hip injuries, and his career may be over. In addition to Pitta, cornerback Tavon Young suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season. Wide receiver Michael Campanaro, defensive lineman Carl Davis and cornerback Sheldon Price are all also nursing injuries suffered during OTAs.

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The Cleveland Browns must not bring Myles Garrett back on the practice field until he is completely healthy for the 2017 season.

Cleveland Browns fans were overjoyed to get Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall in this year’s NFL Draft. But the joy took a right hook to the face when Garrett left the field during this month’s minicamp with an injury.

The injury was diagnosed as a lateral foot sprain, although Garrett is expected to be back for training camp, according to Mary Kay Cabot of

At first glance, that is good news. Having Garrett back for training camp means he will get the preparation he needs to dominate during the regular season.

Yet with training camp just over one month away, bringing Garrett back at the start of camp may not be a great idea. He has made a living on his feet, and if one is hurt he will not be as explosive as he should be.

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Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has long shied away from letting his players tackle one another during training camp. So is it any big surprise that the Colts have been awful defensively in recent years?

On this topic, a Colts fan asked ESPN’s Mike Wells if the no-tackling policy will continue heading into training camp this year. Wells indicates things might finally be changing, especially considering how poorly the defense tackled during the season last year and that there were injuries in camp.

Furthermore, Pagano himself has indicated things may be different this time around, despite admitting he’s “scared to death” of injuries.

“You’re always scared to death, but at the same time if you don’t tackle, it’s hard to get good at tackling,” Pagano said. “We do, obviously, a lot of what we call ‘thud.’ It’s first contact, it’s wrap up, and you try to stay off the ground as much as you can and take care of each other.”

Pagano said the Colts will continue to have discussions about hitting. But based on what new general manager Chris Ballad has said about this there may not be a lot that needs to be discussed.

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The Titans made progress this offseason, through 10 OTAs and a minicamp. But some questions remain with five weeks remaining before training camp.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans made progress this offseason, through 10 OTAs and a three-day minicamp.

But some questions remain.

Here’s a look at six questions to ponder before players return for training camp at the end of next month:

How will the Titans handle Marcus Mariota in the preseason?

Quarterback Marcus Mariota has made great strides this offseason. His workload has increased every step of the way, and he’s looked better each week. Coach Mike Mularkey said Mariota should be off the injury report and ready to go when training camp begins. How will Mariota look as he works in faster-paced team periods in camp, and in intense, padded practices?  Will he be turned loose in preseason games out of the gate? Stay tuned.

What will the receiver position look like?

Rishard Matthews returns as a proven, reliable target, and there’s plenty of potential around him. The group now includes veteran Eric Decker, who signed with the team earlier this week. There’s also Corey Davis, who flashed some of that big potential as he was turned loose in recent weeks. Taywan Taylor, the team’s third-round pick, was impressive throughout the offseason. So far, neither player has provided reasons to doubt them. Tajae Sharpe’s offseason was cut short because of foot surgery, and he’s aiming to be back for camp. Meanwhile, veterans Harry DouglasEric Weems and Tre McBride will be fighting for spots. Who will stick from the group?

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The Indianapolis Colts will be staying at home for training camp this year for the first time ever, and that means that some fans might not care as much about the camp schedule as in years past.

But I think most people will still want to know when training camp begins, and it seems we now have a date for that. In a video tweeted out today by the Colts regarding the start of OTAs, reporter Caroline Cann mentioned that players will be off after their mandatory mini-camp on June 13-15, after which “it’s summer break until training camp begins on July 29.”

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ANDERSON, Ind. – For the past 7 years, the grill at the Lemon Drop in Anderson has stayed on a little longer during the summer as hungry Colts fans come to town to watch their team tackle training camp, then pile into local restaurants for a bite to eat.

“We are famous for our onion burgers. It is two pieces of meat and then on the inside there are onions. It is delicious,” said Lemon Drop employee Sheree Titley.

In the past few years, Colts players like Andrew Luck have come in and even made it up on the wall of fame.

“They came in two summers ago and they really enjoyed being here and they were helpful. The players even pretended to cook a little bit too. They were a lot of fun and bought some t-shirts. Andrew was on national TV with our shirt on,” said Titley.

The Lemon Drop and other businesses won’t be so lucky this summer because the Indianapolis Colts say they will not be coming back to Anderson.

“It is obviously not a total surprise. We know that there has been a lot of changes going on in the Colts franchise. I certainly understand that they are looking at different options for themselves and their team and we fully support that,” said Anderson Mayor Thomas Broderick.

With the team gone that means the extra money will be too. Mayor Broderick tells FOX 59 News that he does not know how much money the city will lose by the Colts move but says that the economic impact in recent years has not been as strong as it used to be. Last summer, the Colts camp was cut down to only 17 days and 11 practices.

“I’m sorry that they are going but the reality is that they are going to be fine and we are going to be fine,” said Mayor Broderick.

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