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‘It’s my time,’ Andy Dalton says of the Bears’ quarterback competition with Justin Fields.

Justin Fields, a rookie quarterback, wowed the Bears crowd with a two-touchdown performance in his preseason debut on Sunday, but not everyone is ready to crown him the starter just yet. Kamil Krzaczynski/USA TODAY Sports
On Tuesday, Andy Dalton addressed his rivalry with Fields for the starting job, and he isn’t ready to relinquish his role ahead of Week 1.
“[Fields] is going to have his time and he’s going to have a wonderful career,” Dalton said. “[Fields] is going to have his time and he’s going to have a great career,” Dalton said.
“But for now, it’s my turn, so my emphasis is on being the greatest player I can be for this club,” Dalton said. The Bears meet the Rams in Week 1, so Dalton might be able to keep Fields on the bench, but it’s hard to picture Chicago sticking with the veteran quarterback into 2021.
As a starter, Dalton has a mediocre 74-66-2 record, averaging less than seven yards per attempt in three of the last four seasons.
Fields joins the Bears after being chosen with the No. 1 overall pick.
11th overall pick in the NFL draft in 2021
In two seasons at Ohio State, he made 22 starts and threw for 63 touchdowns while completing 64.8% of his passes.
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Aaron Rodgers: The Packers’ 2021 trip isn’t a “farewell tour”

Aaron Rodgers isn’t looking forward to his likely final season with the Packers in 2021, telling the media on Wednesday that he doesn’t want a “farewell tour.”
“I don’t know what’s going to happen after the season,” Rodgers said. “But I’m going to enjoy it with the appropriate perspective, for sure, and not look at it as I’m getting through this.”
Following the Love selection, Rodgers stated Wednesday that “the clock has started” on his last years with the Packers, adding that he didn’t want to be a “lame duck” in 2021.
In 2020, the three-time MVP led Green Bay to the NFC Championship game, which appeared to be Rodgers’ final game with the team.
Rodgers’ desire to quit the team was reported just before the 2021 draft in April, but as training camp approached, he changed his mind.
Even if he leaves Green Bay after the 2021 season, Rodgers remains one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in franchise history.
He is the Packers’ all-time leader in touchdowns, victories, and passing yards, trailing only Brett Favre, and he has the best passer rating of any quarterback in organization history.
With Rodgers at the helm, Green Bay has made the playoffs 11 times, winning Super Bowl XLV in February 2011.
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Fans of the Las Vegas Raiders must provide confirmation of COVID-19 vaccination.

For home games at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, the Raiders announced Monday that all fans must provide confirmation of COVID-19 immunization.
The new rules will take effect on September 1st, when the Raiders host the Ravens in their first home game.
According to the team, Raiders supporters would not be forced to wear a mask at home games, making it the NFL’s first “vaccine/no mask policy” for home fans.
“Our number one priority has always been health and safety,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in a statement.
“After consultation with Gov.
This policy assures that we will be able to function at full capacity without masks for fully vaccinated fans for the whole season,” said Sisolak and other community leaders. The Raiders will have vaccine stations available at home games in 2021.
A team regulation requires all full-time employees of Las Vegas to be immunized, albeit this does not extend to the organization’s players.
The Falcons are now the only NFL team with a vaccination rate of 100 percent.
Season ticket holders who have not been vaccinated are entitled to carry their tickets over to 2022, according to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Season ticket holders who have not been vaccinated may be eligible for a full refund for their 2021 tickets.
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Alex Smith, the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2020, has joined ESPN as an NFL commentator.

Alex Smith, a retired quarterback who returned to the field last season after suffering a terrible leg injury two years prior, has been appointed as an NFL commentator by ESPN.
Smith, who announced his retirement from the NFL in April after a 16-year career, will appear on ESPN shows such as SportsCenter, Monday Night Countdown, and Sunday NFL Countdown.
He’ll also be a part of ESPN’s coverage of Super Bowl LVI and the NFL Draft in 2022.
“I knew I was walking away from the playing field when I announced my retirement in April, but I was not walking away from the game,” Smith said in a statement.
“As my family and I embark on the next chapter of our lives, this chance with ESPN presents me with new teammates and a new challenge.”
This season, I’ll be contributing to ESPN’s coverage in a variety of ways, continuing my association with the game that I, and so many people, love.” Smith, 37, was voted the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year after returning from a compound leg fracture that nearly cost him his right leg last season.
Smith underwent 17 surgeries to save his right leg, which was nearly amputated due to an infection.
He also got drop foot as a result of having to wear an external fixator on his leg for eight months.
Project 11 was an episode of E60 that covered his adventure.
After he announced his resignation, a second installment of Project 11 aired.
Last season, he helped the Washington Football Club win the NFC East by appearing in eight games and starting six of them as the team went 5-1.
Smith was the NFL’s No. 1 wide receiver.
The San Francisco 49ers selected him as the No. 1 overall choice out of Utah in 2005, and he spent his first eight seasons with the organization.
He also spent five seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Washington Redskins in 2018 for his last three seasons in the league.
In a statement, ESPN senior vice president of production Lee Fitting stated, “ESPN’s history with Alex extends back nearly 20 years, when he was achieving national acclaim leading Utah to an undefeated season and a top 5 ranking.”
“As he embarks on a new career, we will provide him with job flexibility so that he can get experience on a variety of shows and situations, enhancing our productions and benefiting viewers in a variety of ways.”
In the end, our shared goal is to position Alex for long-term success in this next phase.” Smith started 167 games in his career, and his teams went 99-67-1 in those games.
He threw for 35,650 yards, 199 touchdowns, and 109 interceptions during his career.
He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

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During the Deshaun Watson investigation, women were enraged by questioning from NFL investigators.

In a piece published Friday by Sports Illustrated, two women expressed their displeasure with some of the tactics used by NFL investigators during their interviews with them over their interaction with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Ashley Solis told SI that NFL investigators asked her what she was wearing while working with Watson, which “honestly pissed me off.” In her lawsuit, Solis detailed incidences of Watson’s sexual misbehavior, including his putting his penis in her palm.
“She said that that’s something she has to ask,” Solis told SI. “I don’t believe it at all.”
Former prosecutors Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney, who now lead the NFL’s personal-conduct policy investigators, were the ones who spoke with Solis, Lauren Baxley, and the other eight women who have filed a lawsuit against Watson.
Watson has disputed the claims through his attorney, Rusty Hardin.
According to Baxley, the NFL investigators’ approach of questioning was “patronizing” and “victim-blaming.”
She described her interview with the Houston Police Department as “extremely respectful and trauma-informed.” Solis and Baxley were both implicated in the case at a news conference in April.
SI stated they agreed to an interview last week, despite Watson’s continued presence on the Texans’ roster.
Watson has donned the team’s uniform, but has yet to participate in any of the team’s sessions.
His participation in the league is said to be “unrestricted.”
He is still subject to the NFL’s personal conduct policy, which permits commissioner Roger Goodell to intervene and potentially penalize players who break the league’s standards even if no official criminal charges have been brought.
Buzbee told SI that Solis and Baxley wanted to speak with the NFL because they wanted to hear “unfiltered testimonies directly from them.” He also stated that after his first three clients were interviewed, he was there for the fourth to “re-set the tone,” and that further interviews have gone better, SI reported.
According to ESPN’s Kimberley A. Smith, the NFL
The NFL said the evaluation of the “serious allegations” against Watson “remains ongoing and active,” adding that “we are working constructively with the Houston Police Department and ensuring that the NFL’s probe does not interfere with their investigation.” Martin said on Friday that “no change to [Watson’s] status as the investigations by the Houston Police Department and the league continue.”

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Plaintiffs in the Deshaun Watson case slam the NFL’s inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct.

Deshaun Watson, the quarterback for the Houston Texans, is the subject of an NFL investigation as he faces 22 civil lawsuits alleging various acts of sexual assault, and two of his plaintiffs have gone public with their stories.
Licensed massage therapists Ashley Solis and Lauren Baxley come up about Watson’s alleged misbehavior in detail in Jenny Vrentas’ Sports Illustrated cover story on Friday, and were scathing of how the NFL is handling its investigation.
Baxley’s depiction of her interactions with NFL personal conduct investigators Lisa Friel and Jennifer Gaffney paints a negative picture of the league.
As compared to the Houston Police Department, Baxley believes they fell short in their questioning: “My forensic interview [with HPD] was highly polite and trauma-informed.”
They let me talk without interruption, whereas Lisa Friel and the [other NFL investigator] cut me off, questioned things, and circled around.
[…] Attempting to catch me off guard
They didn’t, but they were seeking for flaws that they could exploit.” As for Solis, she was enraged that one of the things the NFL asked her regarding her massage sessions with Watson was about her clothes.
The inference was that Solis was dressed provocatively, but Vrentas cut to the chase with Solis’ genuine response: “I wear what I always wear when I massage: yoga pants and a T-shirt.” Solis also claimed that the league was “taking a statement” against women and sexual assault survivors by allowing Watson to participate in Texans practices.
“Watson is entitled to a fair trial.”
But, the NFL and Roger Goodell have let me down.
“And by choosing inaction, they have failed the other women,” Solis continued.
Both Solis and Baxley have faced various sorts of trauma and heckling since coming forward publicly.
Solis said her private studio apartment was broken into not long after she first went forward with her charges against Watson at a news conference in April, and Baxley’s therapist diagnosed her with complex PTSD.
Although Watson reported to the Texans training camp to avoid being penalized, it was more to avoid being fined than to actually participate.
Watson requested a trade out of Houston prior to the flood of allegations brought against him, but his career remains in jeopardy until the NFL conducts its investigation.

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Charles Barkley, a Hall of Famer, believes the Covid vaccination should be MANDATORY in all professional sports leagues.

All professional sports clubs should require players to be vaccinated if they want to play, according to NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.
TNT basketball, a 58-year-old ferocious 58-year-old, was open in his criticism of individuals who refuse to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
‘Can you image if one of these unvaccinated people infects one of these athletes’ children, wives, girlfriends, mothers and fathers, and they die as a result of some pointless conspiracy nonsense?
He told CNBC, “I believe that would be horrible.”
All professional sports leagues, according to NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, 58, should make it essential for players to obtain the vaccine in order to participate. Barkley compared playing in a professional sports league to working in a corporate environment.
‘There’s s*** you can’t do at work and s*** you have to do at work,’ he explained.
Therefore, every business has regulations, and I believe one of them should get that males must be vaccinated.’ Up to 80% of NFL players, 90% of NBA players, and 85% of MLB players have had at least one shot.
Barkley stated, “Yes, I’m vaccinated,” when a surge in Covid cases erupted across the United States owing to the Delta version.
During a video conference with reporters in March, Golden State Warriors guard Kent Bazemore responded “no sir” to the vaccine, adding, “Everyone should be inoculated.”
‘The only individuals who aren’t vaccinated are jerks,’ he continued.
However, not all professional sportsmen in the United States agree with him, with numerous athletes publicly declaring their unwillingness to be vaccinated.
‘I don’t really see myself getting it any time soon, unless I’m forced to somehow,’ Golden State Warriors shooting guard Andrew Wiggins answered. Wiggins’ teammate Kent Bazemore said ‘no sir’ in a video conference with reporters in March when asked if he would get vaccinated.
Hector Neris, the closer for the Philadelphia Phillies in Major League Baseball, has joined a growing list of anti-vax pro athletes.
‘I don’t want to receive the shot,’ he remarked before the Mets’ series opening in April.
‘I think it’s a personal decision,’ Phillies manager Joe Girardi said of Neris.
So whatever the player decides, I will support him no matter what.’ MLB’s Phillies’ closer Hector Neris has joined the band of anti-vax pro athletes, and the team’s manager Joe Giradi said, “whatever the player decides, I will support him no matter what.”
All Tier 1 employees, including coaches, front-office executives, equipment managers, and scouts, are required to be vaccinated under the NFL’s requirements.
According to NFL restrictions, anti-vaxxers Rick Dennison, an assistant coach for the Minnesota Vikings, and Cole Papovich, a co-offensive line coach for the New England Patriots, will both be out next season.
DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals of the NFL, deleted a tweet earlier this month in which he indicated he would ‘doubt’ his future in the league if not taking the vaccine could affect his team’s chances this season.
His tweet came on the heels of an NFL memo stating that if a game is canceled due to an epidemic among unvaccinated players and cannot be rescheduled within the season’s 18-month window, a forfeit will be issued.
The memo further said that if a forfeit happens, both teams’ game checks will be forfeited.
Hopkins then posted, ‘Freedom?’ after deleting the first message.
‘After an NFL letter said that if a forfeit occurred due to an outbreak among unvaccinated players, both teams will lose their game checks, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals was loud about his anti-vax views on Twitter.

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As the investigation into Deshaun Watson continues, the NFL says there are no limits on him.

The NFL announced in a statement to The Athletic on Tuesday that quarterback Deshaun Watson’s involvement in Houston Texans activities is currently “unrestricted,” while the league continues to examine sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him.
“The NFL’s investigation into the severe allegations leveled against Deshaun Watson is still continuing and active,” according to the statement.
The NFL has not been given access to meet with many of the plaintiffs in the 22 civil complaints filed against Watson, or to relevant third parties, according to a league source.
The league also lacks access to evidence acquired by authorities as part of their ongoing criminal investigation.
On Monday, a spokeswoman for Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, confirmed to The Athletic that ten women had made police complaints against Watson.
According to the spokeswoman, eight of the women are among the 22 women who have filed legal complaints against him.
Watson has not been sued civilly by two women who filed complaints with Houston police.
The Houston Police Department stated that an investigation is underway, but would to say how many people had filed complaints.
Watson has refuted all charges through his counsel.
Watson reported to Texans training camp on Sunday, despite a source told The Athletic on Sunday that he has still requested a trade.
Houston will start practicing on Wednesday.
Watson is still being investigated by the NFL for a possible violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
The league has not indicated when they might talk to Watson, according to a representative for Hardin’s office.
Watson could still be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list if no criminal charges are filed, depending on the outcome of the NFL’s own investigation.

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Is DeAndre Hopkins going to retire? The Cardinals’ star player is visibly irritated by the NFL’s mandated vaccine policy.

DeAndre Hopkins has spoken out against the NFL’s new COVID-19 policy, which was unveiled on Thursday morning.
The Arizona Cardinals player indicated he was considering quitting from the NFL due to the new regulations in a now-deleted tweet.
All 32 NFL teams received a memo outlining the new COVID-19 immunization policies.
Simply said, if a game cannot be rescheduled due to a suspected COVID-19 outbreak, the NFL will require a club to forfeit the game.
Both teams lose their paragraph 5 base pay for the game, but the impacted team earns a loss on their record.
The team that forfeited will be held financially liable for any losses incurred.
Following the news, players and supporters alike have expressed dissatisfaction with the new policy, believing that they are being compelled to be vaccinated or face severe personal and financial consequences, which goes against the players’ rights.
DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver, is one of many celebrities who have spoken out against the required policy.
Is DeAndre Hopkins on the verge of retiring?
[email protected] is refusing to be vaccinated and may opt out of the season pic.twitter.com/jquOoWZrLC — Sportskeeda Pro Football (@SKProFootball) July 22, 2021 DeAndre Hopkins has since deleted the tweet, but not before it was picked up by a number of news sources and went viral.
Despite this, many fans and teammates feel he is correct.
Players that refuse to get the vaccine risk losing a game and a game check, putting their team in a hostile situation.
He isn’t the only player who has spoken out in support of their beliefs and rights.
Today, Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette tweeted, “Will this stop the @Buccaneers from making another Super Bowl run?”
It’s unlikely that either of these two players will retire from the NFL at this point, but it should be emphasized that they could band together and boycott the league. pic.twitter.com/sVllEQKtnE — Sportskeeda Pro Football (@SKProFootball) July 22, 2021
What are the chances?
Perhaps DeAndre Hopkins will take his career seriously and leave the league, forfeiting the entirety of his large contract.
Other athletes that are anti-vaccine include Sam Darnold, Christian McCaffrey, Cole Beasley, and Cameron Heyward, to name a few.
Just a few hours ago, the NFL issued a new policy, and the snowball is already rolling.
This will become a bigger story as training camps start next week and all players take the field.
Expect more players and staff members to express their dissatisfaction.
We may see some camp holdouts as a result of the policy, and it will be interesting to see how the league reacts to such a response.
This is a problem that isn’t exclusive to the NFL or even sports.
Some corporations and organizations across the country are issuing an ultimatum to their employees: get the vaccine or risk losing your job.
People are being driven out of their jobs and even their career fields unless they have a serious physical ailment or a religious motive.
Further information on DeAndre Hopkins’ stance and the NFL’s response will be released in the coming days, but the teams and players are anticipated to be entirely focused on training camp.
The NFL has yet to offer a statement in response to today’s outrage.
The league wants at least 85% of teams to get vaccinated, but it appears that they suddenly want 100%.
If a high-profile athlete like Patrick Mahomes or Trevor Lawrence speaks out against the NFL’s new policy, the league may be forced to respond.
Shivam Damohe edited the piece.

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The new COVID-19 standards in the NFL have significant consequences for teams with high and low immunization rates.

For 2021, the NFL has a new rule: Get immunized or get bent.
In 2020, the NFL contended with COVID concerns, which resulted in numerous games being rescheduled but none being canceled.
Going into 2021, the league intends to put a little more pressure on players who refuse to obtain the coronavirus vaccine.
The NFL announced on Thursday that if a team suffers a coronavirus outbreak due to unvaccinated players and the game cannot be rescheduled during the 18-week season, the game will be forfeited, causing extra problems for both teams.
To summarize, if an outbreak of unvaccinated NFL players forces a game to be canceled, the infected club forfeits, loses playoff seeding, faces financial penalties, and possible extra sanctions if protocols are broken – Players on both teams are not paid More https://t.co/sTZlI57cdz — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 22, 2021
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pic.twitter.com/StfP4HsMLW — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 22, 2021 Particularly significant is the fact that both teams engaged in the canceled encounter will lose game checks, not just the team that triggers the outbreak.
The team will be given a forfeit defeat, while the opposing team will be given a playoff-eligible victory.
Since the coronavirus (and now the Delta form) continues to spread throughout the country’s population, the new league rules reaffirm the league’s hard stance on requiring its players to get vaccinated ahead of the 2021 season.
The NFL cites the CDC and vaccination data as confirmation of the vaccine’s effectiveness across the country, including lower hospital rates and deaths among vaccinated people.
While vaccination rates for all 32 NFL clubs aren’t made public, the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Football Team are said to have two of the lowest rates in the league, with percentages under 50 percent.
Despite the team sending in immunization specialists to discuss the benefits of the vaccine, Washington defensive lineman Montez Sweat has been vociferous in his opposition to it in recent months.
Teams with immunization rates of 85 percent or higher are given more flexibility in team facilities, among other perks.