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Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions are releasing veteran OL Geoff Schwartz. Schwartz tweeted about his departure this morning, something first reported by the Detroit Free Press. Schwartz was signed before the draft and then the Lions drafted two interior linemen.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens RB Buck Allen and C Jeremy Zuttah are new absences at Monday's practice. TE Dennis Pitta, TE Maxx Williams, NT Brandon Williams, G John Urschel, S Lardarius Webb, S Kendrick Lewis, CB Jerraud Powers and LB Za'Darius Smith all remain out.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers back early putting in install for the Sept. 8 opener at Denver. Safety Dean Marlowe (hamstring) still not in pads but saw him jog a bit so he is looking closer to a return.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Rex Ryan says he is still "waiting for someone to pop out" in battle for Bills' fifth (and probably final) receiver spot. Walter Powell, Jarrett Boykin, Greg Little, Dezmin Lewis are the candidates.

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Smith: 'Kaepernick has every right not to stand'

Stephen A. Smith is fine with Colin Kaepernick not standing during the national anthem because soldiers fight for our freedom, allowing Kaepernick to exercise his own beliefs.

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Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Villanueva: "I don't know if the most effective way is to sit down during the National Anthem with a country that's providing you freedom, providing you with $16 million a year...when there are black minorities that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan for less than $20,000 a year."

Social issues hitting home for NFL players

In light of 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's protest, Jarrett Bell says these social issues really hit home for NFL players and Kaepernick is forcing people to discuss the issues.

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Golic on NFL cut week: ‘A lot of dreams end here’

Mike Golic recounts the emotions players go through as NFL teams make tough decisions on who to keep to narrow down to a 53-man roster by Saturday.

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How confident are the Cowboys with starting rookies?

Tim Cowlishaw explains why even though Tony Romo will miss at least half of the 2016 season, he still believes the Cowboys will go 9-7 and be a wild card team with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

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Bomani: Kaepernick’s ‘statement in his words, not actions’

Bomani Jones joins Mike and Mike to discuss the larger issue with society being easily offended with QB Colin Kaepernick's actions and not listening to his message.

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Why Romo, Newton are most polarizing QBs

Here are the harshest criticisms and highest praises heaped upon Tony Romo and Cam Newton, the two most debated QBs among the 42 NFL evaluators who voted in Mike Sando's QB Tier Rankings. Story

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Falcons' Garland weighs in on Kaepernick protest

Falcons OL and Air Force captain Ben Garland on Colin Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem: "I don't agree with it completely, but we fought for that freedom as well." Details

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Golic’s initial reaction to Kaepernick: Rage

Mike Golic discusses his initial reaction to Colin Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem and says he can relate to people who are upset, but also believes it was not the QB's intention to offend branches of the U.S. military.

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Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

Hard to fathom that the Browns got a pick for Barkevious Mingo and couldn't have gotten even a conditional pick for Paul Kruger.