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[August 09, 2017]
August 8 (The Sports Xchange) -
San Francisco 49ers rookie linebacker Donavin Newsom was carted off
the field by ambulance and taken to a hospital after colliding with
a teammate in Tuesday's practice at Santa Clara, Calif.
Newsom was hurt when he ran into safety Chanceller James as the two
players were attempting to defend a pass over the middle. He lay
motionless while his teammates took a knee and formed a circle
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will not play in Carolina's
preseason opener Wednesday against the Houston Texans.
Soreness in his right shoulder limited Newton in training camp
practices and the Panthers are taking the risk-averse route in
August, coach Ron Rivera said.
Former Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers announced his retirement.
The 31-year-old Flowers played nine NFL seasons with the Kansas City
Chiefs and San Diego Chargers. He was released by the Chargers in
The Green Bay Packers parted ways with troubled defensive tackle
Letroy Guion by announcing the release of the 322-pound run stuffer.
Guion was arrested on drunk-driving charges in June and also
received a four-game suspension without pay for violating the NFL's
policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will be away from the
team to deal with an unspecified "minor health issue," the team
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The team said in a statement that Lewis' absence is
expected to be brief, with a possible return on Tuesday night or
later in the week.
Retired NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason said Monday on
his WFAN radio show "Boomer & Carton" with Craig Carton that he
believe he suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE,
during his storied career.
Esiason, 56, also said he believes all NFL players probably have
CTE, which is associated with concussions.
Film director Spike Lee is using social media to invite fans and
supporters to gather in support of unemployed quarterback Colin
Kaepernick this month.
A social media post from Lee called for a "Rally for Colin" and
"United We Stand" rally and will start at 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 23 at
345 Park Avenue in New York City. The address is noteworthy as the
headquarters of the NFL administrative offices.
Kaepernick remains unsigned one month before the start of the 2017
regular season. Lee and others have suggested Kaepernick, who was
2-10 as a starter with the 49ers last season, is not employed by a
team because of his public position on social injustices.
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