5 Big Stories in the NFL This Week
There are just as many off-the-field stories as on-the-field stories entering Week 6 of the NFL season. Here’s what fans are talking about this week regarding the NFL and the Cowboys.
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Jerry Jones Clarifies Comments Regarding Standing during the National Anthem
Jerry Jones used his weekly Tuesday morning radio show on flagship station “The Fan” 105.3FM to clarify comments made after Sunday’s game versus Green Bay that he could bench players who choose to “disrespect” the flag during the national anthem.
“This is a workplace issue,” Jones told morning show hosts Sean & R.J. “I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding as to where I want the personnel of the Cowboys to be when we’re at the number one workplace we have which is the field and the sideline on gameday. So I want to do everybody a service as I do in leading the team of saying let’s be real clear of what our expectations are so that if anybody asks you or wants to talk about it, then you can say ‘this is where I work and this is the expectation and this is what I do where I work’…if we’re going to have any other recognition, the place to have it is before the anthem, in my view, and be real clear that it’s not associated with the anthem. I think it’s real important for our players that they have that to replay to anybody, whether they’re asking them to express themselves or not, that ‘the way we do it where I work, where I earn my livelihood, is that we stand for the flag.”
NY Giants Lose Two Pro Bowl-Caliber Receivers to Season-Ending Surgery; Former Cowboy Dwayne Harris Also Injured
Odell Beckham Jr. (broken left ankle) is not the only wide receiver the Giants are losing for the remainder of the season.
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Brandon Marshall, a big-time free agent acquisition this past offseason, also left the game with an ankle injury. Marshall announced on Instagram on Monday that he will undergo season-ending surgery. Former Cowboys kick/punt returner and backup wide receiver Dwayne Harris suffered a broken foot in the loss and undergoes surgery on Tuesday. The injuries to Beckham, Marshall, and Harris are huge blows to a Giants team that has already been abysmal this season. The G-Men (0-5) are in a death spiral, one of three teams (along with the Browns and 49ers) that are winless this season.
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NFC East Update – Eagles Flying High
We’re only 5 games into the season, but the Eagles (4-1) are building a lead in the NFC East over the Redskins (2-2, coming off their bye week) and the Cowboys (2-3). The Giants remain in the cellar. Eagles QB Carson Wentz is red-hot. He threw a career-high 4 TD passes in Sunday’s 34-7 blowout win over the Cardinals.
The Eagles have a short week to prepare for a road trip to Carolina to play the Panthers on Thursday Night Football. The Panthers (4-1) are off to a fast start and in sole possession of first place of the NFC South.
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Speaking of the Panthers…Cam Newton
Quarterback Cam Newton is trying to make up for the condescending comment he made to a female reporter last week. After the Panthers’ big 27-24 win at Detroit on Sunday, he said that he wore a logo of Rosie the Riveter on his hat as “a shout out to all the strong women”.
J.J. Watt Suffers Broken Leg, Out for the Season
The Texans lost more than a game on Sunday Night Football when they fell to the Chiefs, 42-34. Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt suffered a broken leg in the first quarter and left the stadium by ambulance.
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He’s out for the season with a fractured tibial plateau. If that’s not bad enough for the Texans defense, outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (torn pectoral) also suffered a season-ending injury in the same game. Without two of their top players on defense, more pressure will fall to the offense and rookie QB DeShaun Watson and the Texans (2-3) try to get back to .500 when they host the winless Browns on Sunday.
Meanwhile, thanks to their Sunday Night win in Houston, the Chiefs (5-0) remain the only undefeated team in the NFL. They host the Steelers this weekend.