Anquan Boldin, who spent the past three seasons with the 49ers and was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, said he supports Colin Kaepernick’s right to his opinion. Kaepernick has chosen not to stand for the playing of the national anthem for at least two of the 49ers’ exhibition games. It is his way to protest the oppression of minorities in America, he said. Boldin, 35, a highly respected 14-year NFL wide receiver now with the Detroit Lions, spoke on the subject Saturday night after an exhibition game against the Baltimore Ravens. "I respect everybody’s opinion," Boldin said, via the Detroit Free Press. "Everybody has one. I’m sure he’s going to get flak for it, what he did, but that’s
The night was supposed to be about the long-awaited returns of quarterback Joe Flacco and linebacker Terrell Suggs. Flacco went 11 for 16 for 94 yards in his first action since November, but the Ravens apparently lost tight end Benjamin Watson for the season during a 30-9 preseason victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday night. After Watson tore his right Achilles tendon on the game's first play, promising rookie running back Kenneth Dixon left in the second quarter with a sprained knee.
Eric Berry has finally reported for duty. After skipping the Kansas City Chiefs' offseason program and failing to reach a long-term contract, the all-pro safety signed his $10.8 million franchise tag tender Sunday. He cannot receive a multi-year extension until after the 2016 season. "It’s good to have him back. He’s got a smile on his face, and he’s ready to go," coach Andy Reid said. "That’s the important thing that we get him back in, and get him going and get him into football shape now. He’s in great shape, but just get him into football shape.” However Reid said Berry probably would not play in the Chiefs' final preseason game. A team leader who became a national source of inspiration after