Hall of Famer Brown won’t kneel for anthem
Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says he would never kneel during the national anthem.
The 82-year-old Brown, who championed civil rights during his NFL career and became a social activist in retirement, said Tuesday night that he respects players’ rights to do what they want but his preference is they would stand during the “Star Spangled Banner.”
“I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag,” said Brown, who spoke before an HBO premiere of “Hard Knocks,” which is chronicling the Browns in training camp.
Protests during the anthem have enveloped the league over the past two seasons, beginning when former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest social injustice.
The NFL modified its anthem protocol in May, prohibiting demonstrations for 2018, but allowing players to remain in the locker room during the anthem.
The players’ union filed a grievance, and the change has been tabled while the NFL and NFLPA work on a resolution.
NEW YORK JETS
Adams has no regrets about comments
FLORHAM PARk, N.J.
Jamal Adams was surprised by what he saw when he first came to the Jets: a negative environment the likes of which he wasn’t familiar.
The second-year safety told Bleacher Report in a story published Tuesday that the Jets appeared used to losing and some players wanted to do only the bare minimum. The interview was conducted a few months ago.
“I’m very passionate,” Adams said Tuesday when asked about his comments. “Coming in, I was wide-eyed. I just wanted to come in and work hard and make an impact. The things that came out, I didn’t feel very strong as far as me saying that.”
Adams said he has no regrets about the comments, which made for some buzz on a hot, steamy day at training camp.
“Everybody was used to losing,” Adams said in the Bleacher Report story. “You can always tell that vibe. I came in, and it was like everybody wanted to do the bare minimum. They didn’t want to go above and beyond. They didn’t want to take that extra step.”
Adams, the Jets’ first-round pick out of LSU last year, insisted he never meant to disparage any of his teammates. He also acknowledged that he was speaking about players who are no longer with the team, but did not identify them.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
Garoppolo to play at least one series
SANTA CLARA, CALIF.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is going to play at least one possession in the preseason opener Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys, coach Kyle Shanahan said.
“He’ll play somewhat into the first quarter. We’ll see how long the opening drive is,” Shanahan said Tuesday.
Garoppolo will be taking his first snaps in a game since signing a five-year, $137.5 million contract in February. Garoppolo has looked good during training camp, including Tuesday’s practice when he hit receiver Aldrick Robinson for a pair of touchdowns during full-team drills.
Shanahan said he hasn’t determined which veterans will play and which will be given the night off.
Cornerback Richard Sherman was ruled out earlier after suffering a hamstring injury during practice Friday. He spent Tuesday doing conditioning drills and will be re-evaluated next week.
Former first-round pick Jimmie Ward is expected to start in Sherman’s place despite also missing recent practices with a hamstring injury. Ward returned to full-team drills on Monday to play Sherman’s spot at left CB after playing free safety in 2017.
Free agent guard Jonathan Cooper, who signed a one-year deal in the spring, inserted himself into the competition to start at right guard this week by participating in team drills for the first time since offseason knee surgery. But Cooper hasn’t had enough time in practice to play against the Cowboys.