President Donald Trump is praising Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for his stance against players protesting during the national anthem. Trump is on Twitter offering a “big salute” to Jones, who Trump says “will BENCH players who disrespect our Flag.” Trump writes that National League Football players should “Stand for Anthem or sit for game!” Jones said Sunday, “If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play.” Vice President Mike Pence left an Indianapolis Colts game in protest after about a dozen San Francisco players kneeled during the anthem. Trump tweeted later that he had told Pence to leave if any players kneeled. Trump rekindled the on-field protests just over two weeks ago when he said any NFL players who kneeled during the anthem should be fired.
Wide receiver Brandon Marshall’s first season with the New York Giants is ending after just five games. Marshall posted a message on Instagram revealing he will undergo season-ending surgery Tuesday. This comes after the Giantsannounced Marshall suffered an ankle injury during Sunday’s contest against the Los Angeles Chargers. Marshall’s setback leaves the Giants notably shorthanded at wide receiver—which was widely thought to be a position of strength entering the season with the veteran lacing it up alongside Odell Beckham Jr. Head coach Ben McAdoo confirmed Beckham will also miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ankle injury against the Chargers. As for Marshall, he struggled to make his typical impact this year with 18 catches for 154 yards and zero touchdowns in the first five games, which were all Giants losses. He was far from the dominant presence who has eight seasons of more than 1,000 receiving yards and 82 career touchdowns on his resume. For now, the six-time Pro Bowler will turn his attention toward the 2018 campaign while New York attempts to rectify what is quickly shaping up to be a lost season.
J.J. Watt suffered a brutal injury that will end his season after just five games in Sunday night’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Watt fractured the tibial plateau in his left leg on the first drive of the game. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year was visibly in pain as he was helped off the field. The team wasted no time sending their leader to a local hospital by ambulance. He underwent successful surgery Monday, a source informed of the situation told Rapoport. In addition, Watt suffered no ligament damage. Texans coach Bill O’Brien confirmed Watt’s season was over on Monday, as was Whitney Mercilus’, who suffered a pectoral injury.