Broncos players announced that they will stand for the national anthem starting Sunday when they host the Raiders: “Last week, members of our team joined their brothers around the NFL in a powerful display of unity. It was an emotional time for everyone, including the fans who support us each and every week. As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve. Our voice needed to be heard loud and clear. We may have different values and beliefs, but there’s one thing we all agree on: We’re a team and we stand together — no matter how divisive some comments and issues can be, nothing should ever get in the way of that. Starting Sunday, we’ll be standing together”. The team’s leadership council, which is composed of about 20 players including Brandon Marshall, Von Miller, Derek Wolfe, Chris Harris, Aqib Talib, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Brandon McManus, convened after practice to discuss their plan going forward. Miller added: “It wasn’t an apology or anything like that. We just wanted to state what happened, where our minds were. I think that’s where the confusion comes from, especially with the fans. We just kind of want to set the record straight why we were doing it and exactly the reasons why and just move forward”.
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he’s received positive reports on the condition of wide receiver Davante Adams following Thursday night’s win over the Chicago Bears: “The news that I was given on Davante, so far, everything looks positive. He’s already giving them a hard time at the hospital to get out of there so that’s a great sign”. Adams was forced to leave the game on a stretcher and taken to a hospital for further evaluation after absorbing a helmet-to-helmet hit from Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan in the third quarter. The team announced Adams was being assessed for head and neck injuries, and a possible concussion due to the blow. On the other hand, Ty Montgomery left Thursday night’s Bears-Packers game in the first quarter, and some additional details as to why emerged after the rain delay. The Packers running back suffered broken ribs, inducing the locker room trip. The fractures occurred early, but the third-year performer attempted to play through the injury, Rapoport reports. He will not return to the game. Green Bay’s carrying virtually no experience at running back behind Montgomery, himself drafted to play wide receiver.