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Cole Beasley, Gabriel Davis, and Star Lotulelei of the Buffalo Bills have been placed in quarantine after being considered close contacts.

NEW YORK’S BUFFALO
— Wide receivers Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis of the Buffalo Bills will miss the next five days of practice after being identified as close contacts of a team trainer who tested positive for COVID-19, according to a league source.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is also under quarantine.
After testing negative for the virus on Tuesday morning, all three players are required to skip practice per to the NFL’s COVID-19 policy.
According to Schefter, the trainer is completely vaccinated.
The news of Beasley and Davis being quarantined was first reported by the New York Daily News.
The NFL’s policy, which severely restricts unvaccinated athletes while allowing vaccinated players to return to near-normalcy, drew criticism from Beasley in June, when he tweeted that he was not vaccinated and would “enjoy my one life like I want.”
If they are close contacts with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, unvaccinated players must stay away from the team for five days; vaccinated players do not have to quarantine if they are close contacts with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.
Unvaccinated players are needed to be checked everyday under the policy controlling preseason and training camp, whereas vaccinated players are only required to be tested every two weeks, according to Beasley.
“It’s self-evident that if a vaxxed or unvaxxed athlete is tested less frequently, the chances of being removed for COVID diminish drastically,” Beasley said.
“In terms of player safety, I’ll just say that we all want to be safe,” Beasley said. Beasley was the Bills’ second-leading receiver in 2020, with 967 yards on 82 catches, both career highs.
During his rookie season last year, Davis had the second-most receiving touchdowns on the team with seven.

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Ray Lewis, ranked No. 17 in the NFL 100, ‘was the perfect defensive player’ when he entered the league, despite being undersized.

The Athletics’ initiative to select the 100 greatest players in football history is known as the NFL 100.
We’ll reveal new members of the list every day until the season starts, starting with the No.
On Wednesday, September 1st, one player will be crowned.
8.It was the entire experience that drew me in.
Ray Lewis defined a football Sunday in Baltimore for 17 years, with his pregame dances, passionate speeches, and crushing hits. When Ray Lewis was drafted by the Ravens in 1996, the team didn’t have a logo, jerseys, a state-of-the-art football stadium, or a contemporary training facility.
The Ravens had become one of the most recognized and dependable franchises in the league by the time his “final ride” ended in a sea of confetti in February 2013.
The two gleaming Lombardi trophies on display in the lobby of their magnificent training facility serve as proof.One of the players most responsible for the franchise’s success is now immortalized in bronze in front of the team’s downtown stadium, inviting a fan base that has embraced the team’s blue-collar, defensive-minded approach.There stands Lewis, 9 feet tall and 1,200 pounds, a fittin’s son, a fittin’s son.
Lewis is posing, preening, and encouraging his teammates to follow in his footsteps. Few NFL players are as synonymous with a franchise as Lewis is with the Ravens.
That hasn’t changed in the more than eight years since his final game. “He could motivate not only a defense, but an entire community,” said former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George, a longtime foe of Lewis’.

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Bruce Smith, ranked No. 20 in the NFL 100, dominated blocks to record levels of output.

The Athletics’ initiative to select the 100 greatest players in football history is known as the NFL 100.
We’ll reveal new members of the list every day until the season starts, starting with the No.
On Wednesday, September 1st, one player will be crowned.
8.You know you’re a big deal when Dennis Hopper huffs the insoles of your soiled shoes.Younger Buffalo Bills fans may think Josh Allen has Western New York by the blue collar with his many commercial roles, but in the early 1990s, the franchise’s greatest player was the focus of an classic campaign, starring an iconic actor for an iconic corporation.
“It took on a life of its own,” says the author.
Smith’s numbers have also survived the test of time.”
Smith was such a devilish force that advertising agency Wieden & Kennedy picked him to be the fixation of imaginary, mentally unbalanced referee Stanley Craver (played by Hopper) in a famous Nike commercial loaded with highlights. Smith was such a diabolical force that advertising firm Wieden & Kennedy chose him to be an obsession of fictitious, mentally unstable referee Stanley Craver (played by Hopper) in a famous Nike commercial loaded with highlights

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Skai Moore of the Indianapolis Colts chose family above football last year, according to Kravitz.

INDIA, WESTFIELD
— Skai Moore isn’t a professional football player, at least not in the NFL.
He entered the league as an undrafted linebacker out of South Carolina in 2018 and has spent the most of his time on the practice squad in Indianapolis.
Moore, along with former Colts player Marvell Tell and now-former Colt Roland Milligan (who was recently cut), chose to be among the 67 NFL players who opted out last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Moore elected to wait out a season that would have counted toward his crucial pension, which kicks in after three years on either the active roster or injured reserve.
Moore had two years left on his contract at the time, unlike DeForest Buckner or Darius Leonard, who are stars who know that if they sit out a season, they will return with plenty of job security and the promise of future riches.Someone like Moore, a man on the fringes of the roster, had no idea how all of this would play out, how the Colts would react, or how it would affect his scouting report.
“But, it was difficult.”
“That was both difficult and not difficult.”

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Alvin Kamara and Tyrann Mathieu slam the Giants’ co-owner for his “corny” mocking stance.

NFL superstars Alvin Kamara and Tyrann Mathieu took to Twitter to criticize New York Giants president John Mara for saying the NFL’s Competition Committee was “sick and tired of the talking” on the field.
“We get kind of sick & weary of the taunting that does go on from time to time on the field,” says #Giants owner John Mara, who is also a member of the Competition Committee.
Nobody likes it when another player taunts them.
The NFL has instructed its officials to aggressively enforce the taunting regulations for upcoming season. pic.twitter.com/HDGQSnvsYQ — Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 17, 2021
If a player receives two taunting penalties in a game, they will be expelled and fined or suspended, depending on the severity of the offense.
“(The Competition Committee) gets kind of sick and weary of the discussion that does go on from time to time on the field,” Mara remarked.
We attempted to strike a balance between sportsmanship and enabling the players to have fun, and while there is always a narrow line to walk, none of us like seeing that.
It’s simply a issue of whether you can have regulations that can be enforced without detracting from the fun of the game, but no one wants to see a player harass another player.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think so.
“I believe the rest of the Competition Committee feels the same way.” During the first weekend of preseason games, fans and players got a taste of what to expect in terms of taunting penalties.
On Twitter, what did Kamara and Mathieu have to say about John Mara?
Tyrann Mathieu of the Kansas City Chiefs was one of the first NFL players to respond to Mara’s comments, tweeting, “So shut up and play? Got it.”
I got it.
https://t.co/9YrOmSIBup — Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 17, 2021 Mathieu’s reaction refers to Laura Ingraham’s infamous comments about NBA superstar LeBron James on Fox News.
Ingraham raged into James in a clip on her show after he lambasted former US President Donald Trump.
Ingraham received a lot of backlash for her distasteful segment on James, with many accusing her of being racist. She said she wasn’t interested in political advice from “someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball” and added that James should “shut up and dribble.”
Green Bay Packers safety Adrian Amos also responded to John Mara’s statements on Twitter, calling them “corny as hell.” New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara called Mara’s words “corny as hell.”
“I blame that terrible rap music,” he said, referring to what critics of the genre – typically elderly people – remark when pointing out bad connotations linked with hip-hop/rap music.
“I blame that awful rap music” https://t.co/tu22x4QD0T — Adrian Amos (@_SmashAmos31) August 17, 2021 The majority of NFL fans and players are already unhappy with the league’s new taunting penalties, and Mara’s comments further fueled to the flames.
Rachel Syiemlieh edited the piece.

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Alvin Kamara and Tyrann Mathieu slam the Giants’ co-owner for his “corny” mocking stance.

NFL superstars Alvin Kamara and Tyrann Mathieu took to Twitter to criticize New York Giants president John Mara for saying the NFL’s Competition Committee was “sick and tired of the talking” on the field.
“We get kind of sick & weary of the taunting that does go on from time to time on the field,” says #Giants owner John Mara, who is also a member of the Competition Committee.
Nobody likes it when another player taunts them.
The NFL has instructed its officials to aggressively enforce the taunting regulations for upcoming season. pic.twitter.com/HDGQSnvsYQ — Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 17, 2021
If a player receives two taunting penalties in a game, they will be expelled and fined or suspended, depending on the severity of the offense.
“(The Competition Committee) gets kind of sick and weary of the discussion that does go on from time to time on the field,” Mara remarked.
We attempted to strike a balance between sportsmanship and enabling the players to have fun, and while there is always a narrow line to walk, none of us like seeing that.
It’s simply a issue of whether you can have regulations that can be enforced without detracting from the fun of the game, but no one wants to see a player harass another player.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think so.
“I believe the rest of the Competition Committee feels the same way.” During the first weekend of preseason games, fans and players got a taste of what to expect in terms of taunting penalties.
On Twitter, what did Kamara and Mathieu have to say about John Mara?
Tyrann Mathieu of the Kansas City Chiefs was one of the first NFL players to respond to Mara’s comments, tweeting, “So shut up and play? Got it.”
I got it.
https://t.co/9YrOmSIBup — Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) August 17, 2021 Mathieu’s reaction refers to Laura Ingraham’s infamous comments about NBA superstar LeBron James on Fox News.
Ingraham raged into James in a clip on her show after he lambasted former US President Donald Trump.
Ingraham received a lot of backlash for her distasteful segment on James, with many accusing her of being racist. She said she wasn’t interested in political advice from “someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball” and added that James should “shut up and dribble.”
Green Bay Packers safety Adrian Amos also responded to John Mara’s statements on Twitter, calling them “corny as hell.” New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara called Mara’s words “corny as hell.”
“I blame that terrible rap music,” he said, referring to what critics of the genre – typically elderly people – remark when pointing out bad connotations linked with hip-hop/rap music.
“I blame that awful rap music” https://t.co/tu22x4QD0T — Adrian Amos (@_SmashAmos31) August 17, 2021 The majority of NFL fans and players are already unhappy with the league’s new taunting penalties, and Mara’s comments further fueled to the flames.
Rachel Syiemlieh edited the piece.

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Sammy Baugh, at No. 23 on the NFL 100, could throw it but excelled at so much more.

The Athletics’ initiative to select the 100 greatest players in football history is known as the NFL 100.
We’ll reveal new members of the list every day until the season starts, starting with the No.
On Wednesday, September 1st, one player will be crowned.
8.It would be impressive, very impressive, if a team could throw four touchdown passes, intercept four passes, and trap an opponent on the 1-yard line with an 81-yard punt in a single game.
Sammy Baugh, sometimes known as “Slingin Sammy,” was one of the most accomplished passers of all time in many ways.
Yet he was also a Hall of Fame-caliber safety and punter for the Washington Redskins.

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The Atlanta Falcons are the first NFL team to be 100% COVID-vaccinated.

The Atlanta Falcons revealed on Monday that all of their players had received COVID-19 vaccinations, making them the first NFL team to do so.
On July 23, the Falcons reached a 92% vaccination percentage, meaning that every player on the roster is now immune to the virus.
“Each participant will now profit from the ability to work out and eat together.”
They won’t have to test every day, wear masks throughout the facility, or isolate anyone who comes into close contact with someone who tests positive,” according to the team’s website.
According to a statement released earlier this summer, NFL players are not obligated to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination, but teams might potentially forfeit a game if an outbreak among unvaccinated players occurs.
Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a document obtained by The Associated Press, “As we learned last year, we can play a full season if we maintain a solid commitment to following to our health and safety rules and making necessary adjustments in reaction to changing situations.”
“If a game cannot be rescheduled and is canceled due to a COVID epidemic among non-vaccinated players on one of the competing teams,” the document stated, “the team with the outbreak will forfeit and be assumed to have played 16 games for reasons of draft, waiver priority, and so on.”
PRO BOWL KICKER YOUNGHOE KOO’S VEHICLE HAS BEEN STOLEN, AND ALL HE WOULD LIKE IS HIS CLEATS BACK Members on both teams will not be paid if the game cannot be made up.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, all 32 NFL teams had vaccination rates above 75% as of Saturday.
At least 15 teams scored higher than 95%.
Paulina Dedaj of Fox News contributed to this article.

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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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The NHLPA’strongly encourages’ players to get completely vaccinated, and warns that failure to do so could result in serious sanctions.

According to Michael Russo and Katie Strang of The Athletic, the NHL Players’ Association “highly pushed” players to get completely vaccinated against COVID-19 last week and warned them of potential consequences if they did not.
If players are not vaccinated and contract COVID-19 during the 2021-22 season, they may forfeit salary.
The Athletic notes that teams may withhold salary if an unvaccinated athlete is unable to accompany his team on road trips where municipal or federal authorities demand vaccination to enter.
“That puts a lot of pressure on everyone,” a player who did not want to be identified told The Athletic.
“You don’t want to be the reason your team is shorthanded or forced to stay in your hotel like last season,” many player agents told The Athletic. “They have urged their clients” to follow vaccine recommendations.
Players who are unsure about the immunization should speak with their doctors, according to the agents.
More than 85% of NHL players have been completely immunized, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
Yet, this is lower than the other main professional sports leagues in North America.
The NFL, like the NBA, has a vaccination percentage of around 90%.
According to The Athletic, the NHL is unlikely to require players to be vaccinated.
Unvaccinated players, on the other hand, may face tougher restrictions and protocols.
The NHL and NHLPA are still debating protocols for the 2019 season, but with the delta variation on the rise across the country, those protocols could be identical to last season’s.
According to The New York Times, more than 128,000 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Friday.
That’s a 66% rise in the last 14 days.
Furthermore, 651 deaths were reported on Friday, an increase of 116% in just 14 days.