NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a new policy on the national anthem during a press conference Wednesday. Players are not required to be on the field for the anthem, but will be fined if they are on the field and not standing for the anthem.
The Seahawks on Friday released Pro Bowl defensive end Cliff Avril with a failed-physical designation. Avril, 32, had surgery for a serious neck injury he got during a game in early October that ended his 2017 season and his Seattle career.
Youth cheerleader Julianna Linton, of Houston, Texas, paid tribute to Florida native Shaquem Griffin after he became the first one-handed player to be drafted by the NFL in the modern era. He’s an inspiration to her, since Linton has one arm.