State constitutions could force the NFL to allow protests in some stadiums

The U.S. Constitution’s right to free speech, as codified in the First Amendment, protects American citizens against governmental limits on expression. It doesn’t affect the ability of private entities to control what employees say or do. But that’s not the end of a constitutional analysis that could force the NFL to respect the rights of players to protest during the national anthem, at least in some stadiums.

As recently explained by Nikolas Bowie of Slate.com, some state constitutions apply more broadly, potentially preventing the NFL from prohibiting players from protesting during the anthem. States like California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Washington may have constitutional provisions broad enough to prevent the NFL from restricting anthem protests, which could directly impact home games of the Chargers, Rams, Raiders (for now), 49ers, Steelers, Eagles, Broncos, Patriots, and Seahawks. 

After being traded by the Dolphins to Philadelphia midway through the season, Ajayi averaged 5.8 yards per carry between Week 9 and the end of the season (only Kamara had a higher mark among backs with at least 50 attempts during that stretch). And he was Philly’s lead back throughout the team’s Super Bowl run.

Journalists encircled the Philadelphia Eagles safety and social justice leader, eager to hear his thoughts on President Trump’s decision to revoke the football team’s invitation to visit the White House this week for what would have been a celebration of February’s Super Bowl victory.

But Jenkins did not speak. His bearded face remained emotionless as reporters hurled questions at him. To each he simply raised another sign, many of which bore sobering statistics on the justice system.

What does that have to do with not going to the White House yesterday? one reporter called out.

Malcolm, do you feel it was fair for the president to cancel the White House trip even though a large majority of the team wasn’t going? another asked.

Are you upset with the White House for canceling the event? came another.

Report: Zach Miller, Bears to Agree to 1-Year Contract After TE Nearly Lost Leg

The Chicago Bears and tight end Zach Miller, who nearly lost his leg after suffering a dislocated left knee last October, have reportedly agreed to a one-year contract.

Pro Football Talk reported the deal is for the veteran’s minimum.

Miller is not expected to play this season after the knee dislocation, which also led to a torn artery that could have resulted in an amputation. He underwent vascular surgery to save the leg and has been in rehabilitation for the last seven months.

Buzz persisted that Miami was in play for some combination of those three quarterbacks. The Jets traded up. The Bills traded up. The Cardinals traded up. The Dolphins wound up with a defensive back, Minkah Fitzpatrick, rather than a QB. During the process, Gase would give Tannehill—who suffered an ACL injury in August 2017 that cost him the season—a heads up before the team would have one of those players in or go out to see them, just so the quarterback wouldn’t hear about it somewhere else.

Last year, Suh posted 24.5 tackles at or behind the line. Davon Godchaux, the team’s top returning defensive tackle, posted just nine of those tackles. Godchaux, Jordan Phillips and Akeem Spence will play most of the snaps in Miami’s defensive tackle rotation.

Bills’ Charles Clay eating healthier, urging young players to do the same

Bills tight end Charles Clay missed three games last season with a knee injury, and during that time off he thought about ways he could get healthier. His top conclusion: Eat less sugar.

Clay has also cut out red meat and started eating more plant-based food. He briefly tried going vegan, but that lasted less than a month, and he now eats chicken and fish. He said he’s been feeling great in Organized Team Activities and feels primed for an outstanding season. Clay led the Bills in receiving yards last year, and they’d be thrilled to see a healthier Clay have an even bigger year in 2018.

“If my body says I can play, I’m playing,” Chancellor said. “If my body says don’t play, I’m not playing. I’ll listen. I’m a very good listener.”

Chancellor was injured in a game in Arizona against the Cardinals last November. The injury ended Chancellor’s season after nine games and brought his career into question after eight seasons with the Seahawks. He has seen doctors on several occasions but head coach Pete Carroll has said there has been no change to Chancellor’s up to this point. The further evaluations yet to come will be key to determining whether his career can continue or not.

While he has been in many significant collisions due to his role in Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK Seattle’s defense, the 30-year old Chancellor doesn’t feel like his career should be nearing its close. But if the neck injury puts him in further danger of significant injury moving forward, the decision may not ultimately be in his hands.