As the debate grows over Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem and protest the way people of color are being treated in America, Jay Gruden and a few Redskins were asked Monday for their opinion on the matter. Here are some excerpts from what they had to say (watch the video above for their full comments):
Gruden: "We take very much pride in our relationship with the military... For three minutes for us to take our helmet off and stand up and give respect is how we treat it here with the Redskins."
David Bruton: "Every man has their own opinion, what they wanna do. Regardless of what's going on in the world, we still are in the nation of the free... For me, I realize that, without a free country, we wouldn't be playing this game that we love."
Kedric Golston: "I don't know Colin, I can't speak for his beliefs. I stand out of respect for the men and women that have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for the freedom that we enjoy."
Ricky Jean-Francois: "I don't really have a clue, I've been seeing it on TV, I've been seeing it on Twitter, but I don't know exactly what he's done... He was a good guy when he was with me [in San Francisco]. He's a good guy, good kid."
Josh Doctson was placed on the physically unable to perform list on July 28. That means the Redskins' potential-filled first-round pick hasn't done much of anything when it comes to football for the past 32 days.
That down time may finally be coming to an end, however, according to a tweet he sent out on Monday night.
While that post is far from any official news regarding his availablity for practice or the regular season opener on Sep. 12, it had to give Washington fans something to smile about as it popped up on timelines everywhere, as he seems to indicate he's ready to make his return to the team.
Earlier Monday, CSN's Redskins Insider J.P. Finlay noted that the former TCU wideout was in a helmet and making progress in his rehab from the pesky foot injury that's ailed him. Jay Gruden, meanwhile, said in his press conference that Doctson looked "very good."
In his tweet, Doctson apologized for his prolonged absence. If he's able to add his athleticism and penchant for making defensive backs look foolish when the ball's in the air, though, Gruden, Kirk Cousins and the rest of the Burgundy and Gold will surely forgive him.
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BALTIMORE—For the first time in his career, Jonathan Schoop will be leading off. It’s the second time in as many days that an Oriole would be batting leadoff for the first time. Steve Pearce batted first for the first time on Sunday and drove in three runs.
Adam Jones, who is out of the lineup for the third straight game, is the Orioles’ usual leadoff batter.
Showalter considered leading off Ryan Flaherty who has strong numbers against Toronto starter Marco Estrada, but didn’t because he’d have to play center field for the first time.
Pearce left Sunday’s game because manager Buck Showalter said he was afraid Peace would aggravate his right forearm. Showalter said that Pearce hurt it on a check swing just before he homered.
Showalter said he could use Pearce, but preferred to wait until Tuesday when Toronto throws the left-handed J.A. Happ.
Chris Tillman threw off flat ground on Monday, and afterward he said he went very well. He’ll throw again on Wednesday.
Showalter said on Sunday that the earliest Tillman could pitch would be on Sept. 9 or 10 in Detroit and that he wouldn’t need a rehab start.
Darren O’Day continues to improve, Showalter said.
“He’s starting to make strides every day, which is good to see,” Showalter said.
NOTE: T.J. McFarland, who was designated for assignment on Sunday, remains on the 40-man roster, and has been optioned to Norfolk.
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